Commercial trawler use nets that sweep across the bottom, held open by "doors" on each side of the net. The contents of the net are emptied onto the deck and then sorted. Photo/NOAA, Center for Coastal Studies

Kennebec Journal: Maine lawmakers moved closer Wednesday [June 5] to approving a bill designed to help state groundfishermen increase their catch in federal waters.

The bill, L.D. 939, sponsored by Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland, would authorize a $3.5 million bond targeted to help fishermen land more fish by subsidizing the purchase of permits in the Groundfish Permit Bank. The proposal is one of two remaining this session designed to bolster the state’s dwindling groundfish industry. It has received unanimous support in the House and Senate.

If enacted the bond requires approval of Maine voters.

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