|Edward J. King
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WHEREAS, the fishing industry is clearly of major social and economic importance to the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, the Fishery Management and Conservation Act of 1976 represents an unprecedented and long overdue commitment by industry and government to undertake comprehensive management of our valuable fishery resources; and
WHEREAS, to be truly effective, this endeavor must be complemented by meaningful and timely state programs that will result in wise use of our fishery resources and a more prosperous fishing industry; and
WHEREAS, a necessary first step in this regard is the formulation of sound policy to guide development, management and enhancement of the Commonwealth's resources consistent with necessary socioeconomic interests; and
WHEREAS, in Massachusetts this responsibility rests with the Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission with support from the Division of Marine Fisheries.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Edward J. King, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Supreme Executive Magistrate of the Commonwealth, do hereby charge the Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission, with support from the Division of Marine Fisheries, with the task of developing a comprehensive fisheries policy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 26th day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and seventy-nine and of Independence of the United States of America two hundred and four.
EDWARD J. KING
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
MICHAEL JOSEPH CONNOLLY
Secretary of the Commonwealth