Mar 1, 2016 12:26 PM

New England cod fishermen now on hook for contested new cost of fishing monitors

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has finalized its controversial shift of at-sea monitoring costs to certain New England fishermen.

Fishermen of New England species such as cod and haddock must pay the cost of fishing monitors under rules that took effect on Tuesday. The monitors collect data to help determine future fishing quotas and can cost several hundred dollars per day.

Many fishermen say they can't afford the new cost and some say they will likely go out of business.

Several high-ranking politicians have also criticized the federal government for shifting the cost. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, has told the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that the burden will have a "dire effect" on the state's fishing industry.

A federal lawsuit about the cost shift is pending.

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