Positions & Letters

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 recent letters or letters we signed on to, covering a variety of topics.

  • Letter in opposition to adding dogfish & skate to CITES – May 4, 2022
  • Letter to Marine Stewardship Council to oppose the proposed revised MSC standards for dogfish – Mar. 31, 2022
  • Letter to Seafood Watch commenting on proposed downgrading of status based on effectiveness of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan – Mar. 28, 2022
  • John Pappalardo’s testimony on behalf of the Fishing Communities 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 the Highly 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 buy more locally caught fish
  • Letter in support of upgrading the port 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