For the most part, whatever the species involved, Kerry has aligned himself with the staunchest defenders of the commercial fishing industry in Congress. Columnist Al Ristori of The Fisherman noted that group of politicians "can be counted on to do whatever is necessary to prevent commercial interests from having to suffer from their overfishing of groundfish stocks." Most recently Kerry worked to delay the implementation of amendment 13 to the Groundfish Management Plan. The amendment requires the industry in the Northeast to make massive cuts in their yearly quotas to ensure that cod, haddock, flounder and other species won't be pushed to extinction. The commercial fishing lobby argued that the stock assessments were flawed because of sampling methods, and Kerry lobbied for an extension, which allowed commercial fishing to continue while "better" data is collected.