SECTION 1: Section 16G of Chapter 6A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after subsection (l) the following subsection:
Subsection (m): The Secretary of Housing and Economic Development shall prepare annually a strategic report in conjunction with the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth’s commercial fishing and shellfish industry. The Secretary shall annually evaluate the status of the commercial fishing industry and it shall be accompanied by recommendations for appropriate actions to be taken to maintain and revitalize the commercial fishing, shellfish and seafood industry.
In order to carry out the provisions of this chapter the secretaries may, and are encouraged to seek the laboratory, technical, educational, and research skills and facilities of state institutions of higher learning.
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