Harbor Porpoise, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Harbor Porpoise, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Federal fishing regulators have deep-sixed a strategy that sought to protect the harbor porpoise by closing more New England fishermen out of certain areas.

The so-called “consequence closures” were enacted if too many porpoises were caught in fishermen’s stationary gillnets — a plan that threatened to pose dire new consequences to the groundfishing gillnet fleet, which includes many of the boats out of Gloucester.

Read more about the relationship between fishing and porpoises.


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