As we work with fishermen, community members, public officials and scientists to protect the ocean ecosystem and ensure the economic success and sustainability of the Cape’s small boat fleets, we often need to advocate through written testimony and letters of support. Below you will find some of our letters - or letters we signed on to - on a variety of topics, from the importance of upgrading local ports to the necessity of having more local fish in USDA programs.
John Pappalardo's testimony on behalf of the Fishing Communites Coalition before the Water, Oceans and Wildlife Subcommittee House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources - Nov. 16, 2021.
Letter to Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team commenting on proposed changes to the gillnet fisheries - October, 2021
Letter on proposed rule for Draft Amendment 13 to the proposed rule for Draft Amendment 13 to theHighly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan regarding bluefin tuna - September 2021.
Letter from New England Fishery Management Council, which CEO John Pappalardo serves on, and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council regarding wind energy.
Letter from Mass. federal delegation to Sec. of Agriculture supporting haddock chowder program and having USDA by more locally caught fish
Letter in support of upgrading the port of Rock Harbor - June, 2021
Letter to Commander of First Coast Guard District supporting Chatham's concern with decision to downgrade operational capabilities of Small Boat Station Chatham - May, 2021
Letter to state Coastal Zone Management supporting Chatham's request for Coastal Resilience grant for dredging - May, 2021
Letter to Secretary of Interior on how to make fisheries more resilient to climate change - April, 2021
Letter of concern on the wind development process from Responsible Offshore Development Alliance, RODA - April, 2021
Letter to state Division of Marine Fisheries on proposed fixed gear regulations and protected species - December, 2020
Letter supporting new national guidelines including benefits of eating more seafood - August, 2020
Comment letter on National Marine Fisheries Service proposed rule on Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat - December, 2017