New catch limits approved for yellowtail flounder
November 15, 2012 (BOSTON) _ Northeast fishing regulators approve a 2013 catch limit for yellowtail flounder on Georges Bank that's more than twice what was recommended by a committee that negotiates the shared catch with Canada.
Members of the New England Fishery Management Council say they had no choice in order to avoid the collapse of the local fishing and scalloping industries.
But it came amid warnings that approval could destroy the longtime trade agreement with canada.
A low catch limit on yellowtail threatens fishermen who chase other species in Georges Bank.
Since many accidentally catch yellowtail, they're given a yellowtail catch limit, which they can't exceed without triggering severe restrictions that threaten their businesses.