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NOAA To Fishermen: Don’t Take Frustrations Out On Observers

The top regulators of New England's flagging fishing industry are asking fishermen not to take out their frustrations at the onboard observers who monitor what they catch and what they throw back.

The request came in an open letter to fishing permit holders Thursday, a little over two weeks into a fishing year that saw the fleet take painful cuts in catch limits

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Ground Fishermen Face Drastic Cuts As New Fishing Year Begins

Federal regulators have officially released new rules for the 2013 fishing year in New England that implement broad cuts in catch limits on key fish stocks. 

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getty images

White Hake Allocation To Increase In Northeast

Some releif may be on the way for New England ground fishermen struggling with cutbacks in catch limits for cod, haddock and flounder.

NOAA has been informed there's been improvement in white hake stocks, that will enable a larger quota for the fishing year that begins May 1st

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tsm - New Bedford fishing boats

NOAA Intends to Cover At-Sea Monitoring Costs

Realizing the upcoming fishing year will be an exceptionally rough ride for fishermen, officials at NOAA are trying to pick up some of the costs associated with keeping tabs on the catch.

In a written statement, Northeast Fisheries Science Center Director Bill Karp says NOAA is working on a plan to fund at-sea monitoring, a cost that has been passed onto fishermen in the past

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Lynch: NOAA Uses “Guesswork” To Determine Catch Limits

Mass. Congressman and candidate for U-S Senate Stephen Lynch is siding with fishermen in their ongoing conflict with the fishing regulators at NOAA.

Speaking Thursday on WBSM, Democrat Lynch called on NOAA to make a real effort to improve the science they use to set catch limits

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flickr

NOAA To Allow More Monkfish To Be Caught

Federal fishing regulators are announcing another measure to try to lessen the impact of New England's steep cuts in catch limits.
 
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday that it's proposing increasing the monkfish catch for certain fishermen who work an area off northern New England

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tsm - New Bedford fishing boats

NOAA Allows Quota Carryovers into 2013 Fishing Year

Depending on your point of view, it could be good news for fishermen. NOAA is allowing fishermen to carry over 10% of any unused quotas from the 2012 fishing year into the 2013 fishing year.

Jim Kendall, President of New Bedford Seafood Consulting sees it differently, since lousy weather over the past few months has prevented many fishermen from reaching their allocations

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copas43,flickr

Dockside Monitoring Has Been Approved For New Bedford Company

A New Bedford Company, AIS Inc., has been approved by NOAA Fisheries to provide at-sea and dockside monitoring services for the 2013 fishing year, which begins on May 1, 2013.

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NOAA Re-Opens Georges Bank Sectors

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is re-opening areas of Georges Bank previously closed to fishermen for 22 years.

In a written statement, NOAA's Marjorie Mooney-Seus says fishermen will be able to target abundant stocks of Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs in Georges Bank as soon as next month

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Fishing Boats

Feds Close Scallop Area

The federal fisheries service has closed an important scallop area to fishing at the request of New England regulators and with the support of the scallop industry.

The closure of the so-called ``Elephant Trunk Area'' aims to protect growing scallops there

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