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PORTSMOUTH — Participants in a fisheries forum Monday night discussed ways to improve the beleaguered catch share system of fisheries management.

The forum held at the Portsmouth Public Library was part of the Who Fishes Matters Tour, which is promoting a dialogue across New England about better policies for the fishing industry.

The talk came in the context of upcoming discussions at the New England Fishery Management Council regarding Amendment 18 to the groundfish plan, which Brett Tolley of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance said contains provisions that could protect fleet diversity and limit any one entity's ability to control too much of the total allowable catch.

Hampton fisherman and appointed member of the management council David Goethel attended Monday's discussion. He said the council will begin considering Amendment 18 on Wednesday.

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National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

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