Managers May Open Closed Areas to Groundfishing

A school of cod swim near an invertebrate-covered shipwreck in the sanctuary. Photo/Matthew Lawrence, SBNMS

CapeCodOnline: Thousands of square miles of ocean that have been off-limits to fishing for the past 16 to 18 years could be reopened in May [2013] to help offset the effects of anticipated drastic reductions in fishing quotas.

On the final day of its 3-day meeting in Plymouth, the New England Fishery Management Council was almost unanimous in voting Thursday [September 27] to include a proposal that would allow access to portions of 5 large closed areas as part of new regulations covering bottom-feeding fish stocks such as cod, haddock and flounder.

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