Boston: Lawmakers, fishermen call for more reform to NOAA

Lawmakers and Northeast fishermen attending a Congressional field hearing in Boston are questioning the efficiency of the federal regulatory agency monitoring the fishing industry.

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, and others called Monday for further scrutiny of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They acknowlege the agency has made progress but say more needs to be done.

In May, the Commerce Secretary ordered the agency to return tens of thousands of dollars in fines to fishermen after a special investigator determined the penalties were excessive or unjust. The government is investigating if funds collected through fines are being used properly.

Eric Schwaab, an administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, said it has undergone numerous reforms and those responsible for mismanagement and unnecessary enforcement have been held accountable.

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Steven Dodrill left the WATD news team in 2013. "Follow" him on Twitter At Franklin Pierce, Steven worked to introduce new forms of media like YouTube, and Twitter to the Franklin Pierce community.  Steven graduated Cum Laude and with honors in Mass Communication from Franklin Pierce University in May of 2009. Steven focused his education and experience in New Hampshire around sports broadcasting, digital media, broadcast journalism, news, media production, and political reporting. "Like" him on Facebook Dodrill also interned with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League during the summer of 2007, and most recently in the spring of 2009 he completed an internship in the newsroom at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.