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Dec 21, 2015 9:55 AM

NH fisherman involved in research into thrown out fish

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of scientists wants to help fishing managers get a better handle on what happens when fish get tossed overboard.

So far, the scientists are finding that more of the fish live than previously thought. They are focusing on haddock, cod and cusk and found that cod survival appears high.

A recreational fishing coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's fisheries service says the group's work has been useful to the agency. Mark Grant says the data helped regulators decide to keep the recreational haddock fishery open in 2015.

The New England Aquarium, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and University of New England provided the researchers. The scientists are partnering with recreational fishing fleets in Seabrook, New Hampshire, and Gloucester, Massachusetts, on the study.

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