Fishermen Willing to Trade Cod for Haddock

Fishermen Willing to Trade Cod for Haddock
Photo illustration/New England Boating.

The Gloucester Times is reporting that groundfishermen in Gloucester-based Fishing Sector 4 and other sectors are offering to surrender up to 60 metric tons of their annual cod catch entitlement if the federal government will relax some of the emergency measures it instituted in November to protect Gulf of Maine cod.

In return for voluntarily reducing their available annual catch limit of cod, the fishermen are asking NOAA to eliminate the 200-pound trip limit for Gulf of Maine cod bycatch and open up enough of the closed areas to afford fishermen access to the fishing ground’s more abundant stocks, such as haddock.

Read more about the offer by fishermen to reduce their cod catch limits in exchange for increased bycatch allowance.