NOAA looks to ease rules for redfish

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which regulates East Coast fisheries from Maine to the Carolinas from its Northeast regional headquarters in Gloucester’s Blackburn Industrial Park, wants to allow fishermen to use nets with smaller mesh sizes to better catch the reddish-orange schooling fish.

Redfish was heavily fished in the 1950s and 1960s, but demand dropped by the 1980s, and that’s allowed the population to grow.

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