Council Rolls Back Northeast Scallop Cuts

Northeast fisheries regulators on Wednesday rolled back sharp scallop catch cuts after heavy political pressure and fishing industry protests drove them to reconsider.

The New England Fishery Management Council voted 10-5 to adopt more lenient rules that restore a 22 percent cut in the number of fishing days, which scallopers said could have cost them hundred of thousands of dollars per boat.

The council initially refused to reconsider, but that changed after Gov. Deval Patrick intervened with the council chair earlier this month.

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