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New rules coming for New England's recreational cod fishery

Mar. 25, 2020 2:30 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New rules are coming for the recreational fishery for cod in the Gulf of Maine, federal fishing regulators said. The recreational cod fishery in the Gulf of Maine is closed until Sept. 15. Cod were once abundant off New England, but the population collapsed after years of commercial...

Bluefish are overfished, so feds say anglers must take fewer

Mar. 3, 2020 2:00 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of the most popular fish with recreational anglers on the East Coast will be subject to new fishing restrictions. The new restrictions apply to bluefish, which sport fishermen seek from Maine to Florida in the U.S. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the fish...

Environmental groups sue to speed up lake sturgeon status

Mar. 1, 2020 1:46 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Environmental groups in Illinois and Indiana have filed a federal complaint in hopes of forcing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to complete a review that could designate lake sturgeon as a federally endangered species. Lake sturgeon are a prehistoric fish that were once plentiful in the...

Higher red snapper 'target' for charter boats now permanent

Feb. 20, 2020 9:19 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After Gulf of Mexico charter boat captains stayed within federal limits for red snapper, regulators are making permanent a rule that lets them catch more of the fish. The rule initially was to be just for one year. The change will likely mean that the 2020 charter boat season for red...

Maine shuts down key scallop fishing areas for the season

Feb. 19, 2020 2:10 AM EST

DENNYSVILLE, Maine (AP) — Maine fishing regulators are shutting down some of the most important scallop fishing areas in the state for the season. Cobscook, Whiting and Dennys bays are all shut down, the Maine Department of Marine Resources said. Cobscook Bay is home to the most fertile scallop fishing...

Omega Protein's Menhaden processing plant on Cockrell's Creek in Reedville, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. The last east coast fishery now produces fish oil for health supplements and faces a possible moratorium over concerns about overfishing in the Chesapeake Bay. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Last of its kind, fishery faces reckoning in Chesapeake Bay

Feb. 11, 2020 11:33 AM EST

REEDVILLE, Va. (AP) — For a guy who left school after 11th grade, George Ball figures he has the best-paying job available on this rural stretch of Chesapeake Bay shoreline. He catches a fish called Atlantic menhaden, used to make fish oil pills and farm-raised salmon feed, and earns about $50,000 a...