Tuesday, June 18, 2013
From staff and news services
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Two more cod stocks reports hold bad news for fishermen
The news continues to be terrible for New England fishermen hoping to avoid a huge reduction in their catch limits in 2013.
Reports from two separate December assessments of cod stocks in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank are providing more evidence of their poor condition.
In a media statement Tuesday, the New England Fishery Management Council said the assessments showed cod in the Gulf of Maine at among its lowest recent abundance. And it said the last above-average year for Georges Bank cod reproduction was 1991.
The council said possible cuts in catch limits include 61 percent for Georges Bank cod and 81 percent for Gulf of Maine cod.
Regulators are meeting later this month to decide on the cuts. Fishermen have said the reductions being considered will cause industry collapse.
Snowmobile rider dies after crash, frigid night on trail
New Hampshire authorities say a man has died after he crashed his snowmobile and spent the night injured and alone on the trail in frigid temperatures.
The fish and game department said 29-year-old John Arsenault of Shelburne went out for a ride around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night and later crashed while going over a hill at high speed.
When he didn't show up for work Wednesday morning, his friends went looking for him, and found him unconscious on the trail around 10:45 a.m.
Arsenault later died at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin. Authorities said speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash.