Fishermen Concerned Over Cost of At-Sea Monitors

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Commercial Fishing Vessel, photo/USCG/Dann Blackwood.

Portland Press Herald: New England fishermen of important food species like cod and haddock say the looming cost of paying for at-sea monitors could put them out of business this year.

Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service said the money it had been using to pay for the monitors – trained workers who collect data on fishing trips – will be needed for other obligations. That means groundfishermen who catch fish like cod, haddock and pollock in New England waters will likely have to start paying the cost around August.

 

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