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NMFS Lifts Haddock Ban on Herring Boats

July 01, 2005

Commercial Fisheries News
July 2005
By Janice Plante

GLOUCESTER, MA The herring midwater trawl fleet can go back to Georges Bank this summer without fear of being hit with large fines for inadvertently running into small amounts of haddock.

Using emergency action authority, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) lifted the blanket prohibition against possession of haddock and implemented a 1,000-pound per trip haddock possession limit for all Category 1 purse seine, midwater trawl, and pair trawl boats effective June 13. The possession of all other regulated groundfish species is still prohibited.

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