Scientists gauging health of 20 New England fish stocks
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists are gauging the health of 20 stocks of important New England commercial fish species.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will use the assessments for information needed to set annual catch limits for fishermen. The assessments apply to 20 different kinds of groundfish, including Atlantic cod, Pollock and yellowtail flounder. Some of the species are considered overfished while others are in better shape.
Scientists will present the assessments for peer review in September and the final report will be completed in October. Regulatory councils will use the updated information to manage the fisheries.