Herring Overfished Again off Cape Cod

River Herring. Photo Herring Alliance/Tim and Doug Watts

CapeCodOnline: The National Marine Fisheries Service had planned to hit a fleet of large vessels that catch Atlantic herring with big quota cuts this year for going way over their allowed catch in 2010 in an area off Cape Cod.

But a procedural glitch delayed action and allowed the fleet to again exceed its quota by millions of pounds.

While some say the fisheries service is to blame for not getting the quota cut implemented in time, there are others in the Cape fleet who believe the herring industry had plenty of notice and willfully overfished herring again.

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