Fishing regulators are trying to broker peace between two of the most economically important fisheries in the Northeast: herring and haddock.
One of the areas where fishermen seek the two species is Georges Bank, a critical fishing ground off the New England coast.
Atlantic herring are important as bait as well as food, while haddock are a staple of New England’s fish markets and seafood restaurants.
Herring fishermen often accidentally capture haddock as bycatch, and they are allowed a “catch cap” of the fish in Georges Bank every year. They exceeded it in 2014, as they also did in 2013, and regulators closed a large section of Georges Bank to herring fishing until May 1, 2016.
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