NEW BEDFORD — Rather than appeal a federal judge's rejection of the legal challenge against fishery catch shares and sector management by New Bedford and Gloucester, Mayor Scott Lang suggests there might be a better weapon for the city: the Commerce Department's own inspector general, Todd Zinser.
After Zinser debunked years of denial about the problems in the Northeast law enforcement office of NOAA and exposed wrongdoing, mismanagement and missing funds, Lang appealed to him to look into the agency's rule-making process. Lang wanted to know what has been happening behind the scenes, who is involved and what they are doing, and how sector management and catch shares were arrived at.
But Zinser demurred, saying he would wait until the pending lawsuit was settled.
That day has arrived, unless the cities decide to appeal the Thursday ruling by Judge Rya Zobel that went entirely in the government's favor.