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Northeast Cod Fishing Restricted Off New England for Six Months

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Cod of the North Sea. (Hans Hillewaert/wikimedia/commons)

By    |   Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 07:48 PM

In the Northeast, there will be restricted cod fishing off the New England coast for six months after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration closed the area in an effort to boost the codfish population.

Cod, once abundant in the Northeast waters, are 97 percent below a sustainable level, NOAA told Newsweek.

The rules were announced Monday and went into effect Thursday. Fishermen are limited to 200 pounds of codfish catches, and although regulators increased haddock amounts, fishermen say it won’t help them stay in business, the Boston Globe reported.

In a statement, the NOAA said the North Atlantic cod stock is “in the worst shape we have seen in the 40 years that we have been monitoring it.”

“Through this action, we are restricting commercial and recreational fishing in areas where the highest concentrations of catch has occurred in recent years as well as those areas identified as spawning aggregation areas in the fall, winter, and spring,” the NOAA release said.

Newsweek said the move will affect the fishermen and other businesses that make money from cod fishing. The fishermen have argued that the population of codfish is strong enough in some areas to be safely fished, and have also said the regulations will hurt small, independent operators.

“It's going to have a huge impact on small fishing communities in [New England], and pretty much eliminates groundfishing as something to do as a commercial fishermen,” Ed Barrett, a fisher formerly based in Marshfield, South Boston, but who now travels to stay fishing, told Newsweek.

"They say, 'Oh, we're so sorry, boys. We got to do this. We got to do it for the fish,'" fisherman Russell Sherman, 66, told the Globe. "'Now go out of business quietly, will you.'"

Sherman told the Globe that when he started his fishing career, the money was good. But his pay has languished in the last 10 years, not topping $50,000 per year. He plans to sell his boat, the Lady Jane.

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In the Northeast, there will be restricted cod fishing off the New England coast for six months after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration closed the area in an effort to boost the codfish population.
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