Council Leaders Push for Break on Cod Limits

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Gloucester Times: In recent weeks, NOAA Fisheries has signaled a willingness to slide past a dire assessment of Gulf of Maine, or inshore, cod to give the industry a year of relief—with a 22% cut in the catch limit as a feasible interim adjustment, as opposed to one much deeper.

But for 2013, it will likely take an act of Congress to save the inshore fishery from a virtually complete shutdown due to catastrophic cutbacks—as much as 90 percent—in the Gulf of Maine cod limit, according to industry leaders and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials.

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