April 4, 2013

New England fishing regulators eye hake quota increase

The Associated Press

BOSTON — Fishery regulators are looking to increase the allocation for another groundfish stock as they try to lessen the effects of huge, coming cuts in catch limits.

The New England Fishery Management Council said Wednesday that new information indicates they can recommend a 13 percent increase in the white hake quota.

That's roughly an extra million pounds. It's unknown how much revenue that could mean. In 2011, the most recent year prices were available, white hake averaged $1.26 a pound.

The council will discuss the possible increase at their monthly meeting. Federal regulators have indicated they would act quickly on any request to bump up the quota.

Fishermen are facing devastating 2013 cuts on bottom-dwelling groundfish. A 77 percent year-to-year cut in the catch of cod in the Gulf of Maine is among the largest.

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