Selective Gear

Nets that will keep targeted species and allow others to escape have long been the goal of fishermen and researchers trying to solve the thorny and wasteful problem of bycatch. But now the pressure is even greater, as New England fishermen desperately try to survive crushing regulations. Selective gear may not be a “silver bullet”

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Small-boat fishermen fear for their future

Some small-boat fishermen believe the current stringent regulations are not just designed to save the fish, but to get rid of the fishermen. Unless the federal judge who imposed the new rules can be convinced to change them or Congressional pleas to the federal government succeed in softening the restrictions, a new groundfishing plan that

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