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May 1, 2015 12:42 PM

New England cod fishing cutbacks now in effect for NH fisherman

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A deep cut to the amount of Gulf of Maine cod that N.H. and New England fishermen can catch is now in effect.

Federal regulators are reducing the Gulf of Maine cod catch limit from 1,550 to 386 metric tons starting on Friday. They say the quota cutback is needed because the level of cod spawning in the Gulf of Maine is a fraction of target levels. The cut means fishermen will also be restricted in how much they can catch other popular food species like haddock and hake.

Dealers say the price for some local seafood could be higher this summer because of lower availability.

The Gulf of Maine is one of two key cod fishing areas in New England along with Georges Bank off of Massachusetts.


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