WAKEFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ The New England Fishery Management Council voted 15-2 Thursday to delay setting catch limits for various bottom-dwelling groundfish until its January meeting.
Regulators have estimated cuts of 40 to 90 percent in catch limits are needed to meet legal mandates to end overfishing and rebuild fish stocks.
In comments before the vote, fishermen told the council the cuts will obliterate the centuries-old industry. They criticized science they say is woefully inaccurate and driving the onerous new regulations.
Council members proposed delaying the vote to receive further analysis of stock health and buy time to deal with uncertainties in the science.
The New England Fishery Management Council met Thursday to consider drastic cuts in catch limits for bottom-dwelling groundfish, such as cod and flounder, that scientists say are recovering too slowly.
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