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Apr 26, 2015 10:38 AM

Lean year for New England cod ahead as shutdown looms

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — New England fishermen and seafood dealers say they expect a year of meager supply and high prices for several popular species of fish as new restrictions on cod fishing get underway.

The New England Fishery Management Council voted last year to reduce the total allowable Gulf of Maine cod catch limit from 1,550 to 386 metric tons starting May 1. The stricter quota will also limit fishermen's ability to catch other key commercial groundfish species, including haddock, pollock and hake.

Regulators say the cod quota cut is necessary because the level of cod spawning in the gulf is just a tiny fraction of its target. The gulf is one of two critical areas where East Coast fishermen search for cod, along with Georges Bank off of Massachusetts.


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