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Fishermen decry impact of midwater trawlers

October 02, 2010

Wicked Local Cape Cod
October 1, 2010

Orleans Local fishermen have another bone to pick with the mid-water trawler fleet.

They’ve long accused the boats, which are up to 150 feet long, of depleting local resources through their bycatch of everything from haddock to river herring to cod.

But last Friday the New England Fisheries Management Council revealed the trawlers had overshot their quota for Atlantic Herring (their actual target) caught off of Cape Cod by almost 40 percent. And they did it in two week’s time.

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