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US Regulators Approve Research to Prevent Bycatch

30 April 2014

US - The New England Fishery Management Council will spend $800,000 to research new methods to prevent the bycatch of groundfish such as haddock, cod and flounder.

The research programme will seek to find new ways to increase catch of haddock without impacting cod, yellowtail flounder and windowpane flounder, SeattlePi reports.

The council said in a statement that the work will also help develop new gear to minimise flatfish bycatch.

It will also help prioritise fisheries according to current stock status.

The fishery management council manages fishery resources off the coasts of the five coastal New England states.

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