Written by Jen Finn
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to reduce quotas to give younger scallops a chance to mature and ensure that stocks remain stable in the future, NOAA officials said.
The move — which reduces quotas by a third — is something local fishermen are on board with, although they hope the cuts prove to be only a temporary thorn in their side, said Jim Kendall of New Bedford Seafood Consulting.
"They knew about this already," Kendall said Monday night. "They figure if they make two-thirds of what they were making then they'll still get by."
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