National Fisherman


BOSTON — Fishery regulators are looking to increase the allocation for another groundfish stock as they try to lessen the effects of huge, coming cuts in catch limits.

The New England Fishery Management Council said Wednesday that new information indicates they can recommend a 13 percent increase in the white hake quota.

That's roughly an extra million pounds. It's unknown how much revenue that could mean. In 2011, the most recent year prices were available, white hake averaged $1.26 a pound.

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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