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Fishermen Face 80 Percent Cut on Yellowtail Quota

BOSTON (AP) — An 80 percent cut to the allowed yellowtail flounder catch in prime New England fishing grounds is set to deal a heavy blow to a local fishing industry already edging toward collapse.

The new regulatory quota for yellowtail in Georges Bank goes into effect May 1. Combined with various other problems, it left regional fishery managers pondering Thursday whether to ask the Secretary of Commerce for a disaster declaration for the fishery.

The yellowtail flounder is not one of the region’s top revenue fish. But tough limits on yellowtail can restrict or end fishing on other high-value groundfish species, such as haddock, in order to protect the yellowtail they swim among.

The quota cut comes after an assessment showed lower numbers of yellowtail.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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