New scallop fishing rules may be in place by 2018

Federal fishing regulators say potential changes to the rules that govern scallop fishing off of New England could be a priority in the coming years. The rules are a source of tension as fishing boats move into the waters off the northern Massachusetts coast to seek scallops.


The New England Fishery Management Council passed a motion on Wednesday that says changes to management of the northern Gulf of Maine fishing area will be a potential priority in 2017. The council hopes to have new measures in place by 2018.

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