Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and other New England congressional delegation members urged Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today to increase the 2010 annual catch limits for pollock and certain other groundfish species.

Snowe told federal groundfish regulators about her concerns over the new management structure called sectors that went into effect May 1. The sectors operate like cooperatives, with members sharing catch limits for various species, which have been reduced by as much as 75 percent from last year.

Snowe said the catch limits for some fish stocks are too low. She said while Locke agreed to help push for financial assistance for the fishery, she is looking for other solutions, such as raising catch limits, to save Maine’s groundfishing industry.