NH fishing authorities propose a moratorium on cod fishing
CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire fishing officials have proposed a moratorium on recreational cod fishing in state waters.
WEVO-FM reports fish stock assessments show the population of cod is still at historic lows in New England waters. As a response, the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game is proposing all cod be caught and released.
It is also proposing to limit haddock fishing — as fishermen going for haddock usually end up catching cod as well. A Fish and Game spokesman says the proposed changes may be controversial with the fishing industry.
The department says it is hosting a public hearing on the issue July 25 in Portsmouth.