Nov 11, 2014 3:12 PM
NOAA adds fishing restrictions for Atlantic cod
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - With the Atlantic cod population at an all-time low, federal regulators are announcing the closure of commercial and recreational cod fishing in parts of the Gulf of Maine.
The temporary restrictions also include a 200-pound limit on how much a fishing vessel can catch during a single trip, following several years of no trip limits for most active fishermen.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the emergency measures are necessary to prevent "a cod stock collapse" and complete closure of the fishery. Regional administrator John Bullard says the fishery is in the worst shape regulators have seen since they began monitoring the stock 40 years ago.
Bullard acknowledged the restrictions will have a significant economic impact on some fishermen this year.