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Herring and haddock fishermen at odds over bycatch

6-15-14

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishermen in two of the most lucrative fisheries in the Northeast — Atlantic herring and haddock — are at odds over management of fishing in Georges Bank, a key nerve center for both species.

Herring fishermen are on track to exceed their limit for incidental catch of haddock in Georges Bank, located off the coast of New England. That would trigger rules that would effectively shut down the herring fishery.

Herring fishermen are asking the New England Fishery Management Council for an emergency action that could include raising their limit for haddock bycatch. But many haddock fishermen oppose such a move because they say it would negatively impact their fishery.

The council will consider the request at a meeting June 17-19.