NOAA May Reconsider Some of the Emergency Gulf of Maine Cod Measures
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Daily Times] By Sean Horgan - February 20, 2015 -
The fishing sector-based proposal to remove some of the most restrictive emergency cod measures in the Gulf of Maine, initially rejected by NOAA Fisheries, is back in play.
The proposal sought the elimination of the 200-pound trip limit for cod bycatch _ which they said would cut cod mortality by reducing discards _ and the opening of broad stock area closures so fishermen could have access to healthier and more plentiful species such as haddock, redfish and winter pollock without the danger of venturing further out into the gulf at a time of year when the weather is at its worst.
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