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Ways sought to ease cut in fish-haul limits

Deep cuts in catch limits will hit New England’s fishing fleet in less than three weeks, and there is little hint that any real relief is coming. But regulators and fishermen are still seeking ways to lessen a blow that fishermen say will finish them off.

In recent months, federal regulators have pushed several measures that aim to give fishermen more fish to catch by the May 1 start of the 2013 fishing year. Meanwhile, fishing groups and lawmakers want changes that would make year-to-year cuts in the crucial Gulf of Maine cod species less severe.

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