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   ‘Groundbreaking’ Fish Protection Plan In Place
by Doug Fraser, Cape Cod Times
Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 3:54PM EST

After 14 years of research, negotiations, hearings and two additional years of review, New England has a plan that uses science and the latest technology to decide which areas are important for the critical life stages of fish and shellfish species and how to protect them.

John Bullard, the regional director of NOAA’s Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, informed New England Fishery Management Council Chairman John Quinn in a letter Wednesday that his agency had approved most of their fish habitat protection plan.

The decision could generate as much as $160 million next year into the scallop fishery, according to Andrew Minkiewicz, an attorney for the Fishery Survival Fund.

To read the rest of the story, please go to: Cape Cod Times

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