Feds May Outfit Commercial Fishermen with Survey Gear

Feds Shut Down Gulf of Maine Cod Fishing for 6 Months

Cod/Image, NOAA

Bangor Daily News: Seeking to end a long-running disagreement about exactly how many cod are left in the Gulf of Maine, federal scientists plan to outfit commercial fishermen with equipment used to establish groundfish quotas.

The fishermen tend to argue that there are more cod than the government realizes; therefore, the number they may legally catch should be higher. Government scientists counter that fishermen’s natural tendency to fish where they are most likely to catch large numbers leads them to overestimate the cod population in the entire Gulf of Maine.

Read more about the possible plan to outfit Maine commercial fishermen with new groundfish survey equipment.