Plan to change New England ocean stewardship up for debate

2017-11-26 20:52
A fisherman dumps fish into a barrel at a lobster bait dealership in Portland. (Robert F Bukaty, AP)

A fisherman dumps fish into a barrel at a lobster bait dealership in Portland. (Robert F Bukaty, AP)

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Portland - The US government is close to enacting new rules about the New England ocean habitat that could mean dramatic changes for the way it manages the marine environment and fisheries.

The National Marine Fisheries Service has been working on the rules for about 13 years and recently made them public.

They'd change the way the government manages the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank and southern New England waters, which are critical pieces of ocean for rare whales, unique underwater canyons and commercial fishermen.

Some environmentalists have raised objections to the proposal, which would impact the way highly valuable species like scallops are harvested. The proposal says its goal is to minimise "adverse effects of fishing on essential fish habitat".

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