PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen are speaking out after New England fishing regulators approved massive cuts in cod catch limits.
The New England Fishery Management Council on Wednesday approved a year-to-year cut of 77 percent on the Gulf of Maine cod limit and 61 percent for Georges Bank cod.
Shaheen says that would have a devastating impact on New Hampshire fishermen and she is pushing the commerce department to reconsider the catch limits. Ayotte is reintroducing legislation called the Saving Fishing Jobs Act, which would roll back what she called arbitrary regulations.
Regulators acknowledge the cuts will be devastating for the industry and fishing communities, but they say fish stocks are struggling and tough action is the only way to reverse the industry’s steady decline.