Maine Fishermen Request Access to Cashes Ledge

Maine Fishermen Request Access to Cashes Ledge
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The Portland Press Herald reports on a proposal to reopen part of the 500-square-mile Cashes Ledge—currently a protected area—to groundfishing in an effort to aid New England’s fishing industry. The proposal will be debated this week when the New England Fishery Management Council holds public hearings in Brewer and Portland, Maine, on the Cashes Ledge proposal and other potential changes to regional fishing regulations.

Fishermen and members of the council in favor of the proposal insist that the proposed changes still will protect the rare Cashes Ledge habitat while giving fishermen access to surrounding waters.

Read more about the proposal to open Cashes Ledge to groundfishing.