The Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland has received $1.4 million to help the ground fish industry adapt to the new sector management system.

 The money, awarded by the National Marine Fisheries Service, will be used to support sector operations such as manager salaries, office and equipment rental and dockside monitoring expenses.

 The ground fish industry began operating under a new sector system in May with catch limits reduced by up to 75 percent from last year for some species. The system is designed to rebuild over fished ground fish stocks.

 The grant was announced by U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe.