Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council suspends controversial research set-aside program

MAFMC_logo_4A federal fisheries council voted Tuesday to suspend for at least a year a controversial program that allows fishing boats to pay to extend their catch beyond legal limits. The move follows a year of criminal enforcement actions on Long Island related to the program that have resulted in five guilty pleas, and 70 subpoenas issued to other New York fishing interests in an ongoing federal probe. Read more here 13:38

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