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(CBS News) GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- On a bright summer day, you would expect the waters off Massachusetts to be filled with fishing trawlers looking for cod. But this year, many of the boats are staying in port -- and the crews fear their way of life may be slipping away.

For 400 years, cod dominated New England's fishing industry. It was central to the economy of Gloucester, Mass.

Al Cattone has fished here for three decades.

"It's the only job I've ever had," he said. "I started when I was 12 -- summers fishing with my dad. And once I graduated high school, I started full-time."

On a great day, he could reel in 2,000 pounds. But new government limits have reduced his catch to 500 pounds a day. He's on the water just once a week now instead of six.

How does he survive off of a once-a-week catch?

"You can't," he said, and then added, "I haven't been squeezed. I have been destroyed."

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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