Fishing Grounds to Remain Closed, Says Council

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CapeCodOnline: The New England Fishery Management Council voted Tuesday against a request that it consider reopening thousands of square miles of fishing grounds that were closed 16 years ago.

“These closures do provide additional protection for groundfish,” argued Patricia Kurkul, the regional administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which oversees the council. “I think this is premature.”

The council voted 10-4 against the request.

In December 1994 the NMFS closed nearly 6,600 square miles of fishing grounds in 3 areas off Cape Cod to protect spawning fish and help rebuild cod, haddock and flounder populations that had fallen to historic lows, mainly as a result of overfishing.

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