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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

New England fishermen, management council struggle with limits on cod and yellowtail

NEWPORT, R.I. — A passionate debate among grim-faced New England fishermen and regulators in a hotel Wednesday was a stark ­reminder of an unfulfilled promise.

Deep cuts to the once-booming fleet over the past ­decade were made palatable by government assurances that key fish populations would rebuild and fishing nets would be teeming again. But with two critical species — Gulf of Maine cod and Georges Bank yellowtail — doing poorly, those ­assurances have disappeared.

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