Fishermen earn more, report says
PORTLAND, Maine — Fishing vessels in the Northeast that catch haddock, cod, and other so-called groundfish earned more money during the first nine months of new commercial fishing regulations, even as the harvest fell, federal officials said.
Fishermen got higher prices for their catches, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report on the first nine months of the 2010-11 fishing season.
Boats in the seven-state region from Maine to New Jersey caught 192.1 million pounds of groundfish and other seafood species, down 7 percent from the 2009 season. But revenues rose nearly $24 million to $226.4 million.
Fishermen received an average of $1.47 a pound for their groundfish, up from $1.20 a pound a year earlier.