December 16, 2012

Study to look at fish discards on Georges Bank

The Associated Press

BIDDEFORD — Three researchers are taking part in a study looking at the mortality rates of skates that are caught in scallop dredges and then thrown overboard in waters off New England.

The University of New England in Biddeford said one of its professors, marine biologist James Sulikowski, is one of three co-investigators who have received a $1.1 million federal fishery grant to evaluate the mortality rates of skates inadvertently caught by scallop boats fishing on the Georges Bank fishing grounds east of Cape Cod.

Joining Sulikowski on the two-year project are David Rudders of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and John Mandelman, from the New England Aquarium.

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