NH Lawmakers: Don't Cut Off Cod

Jan 12, 2012


New Hampshire’s congressional delegation signed a letter asking federal regulators not to lower the catch limit on Atlantic Cod.

The federal lawmakers say that fishermen in the Granite State already have their backs against the wall.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen says lowering the catch limit on Cod could lead to the loss of 90% of the fishermen’s revenue.

Shaheen: it has potential to almost wipe out our fishing industry in New Hampshire because so much of their revenue comes from cod and inshore ground fishing.

The letter comes after a study released last month found the Gulf of Maine cod fishery was not recovering as quickly as hoped.

Fisherman cry foul, saying they have been seeing more cod in recent years than ever before.

Regulators will meet at the end of this month to discuss possible changes in catch limits.