Gov. Deval Patrick has joined the push to have cuts in this year's scallop fishing limits — projected in a new scientific study to cost boats 25 percent of revenues — be up for reconsideration by the federal fishery policy-making council at its upcoming meeting.
Patrick called but did not immediately reach John Pappalardo, chairman of the New England Fisheries Management Council, last Friday after a meeting in New Bedford, the scallop capital of the nation, with industry leaders and U.S. Rep. Barney Frank.
However, the two men did speak later in the weekend. From the conversation, a private meeting was set for late yesterday in the governor's Statehouse office, according to governor's spokeswoman Kimberly Haberlin.