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New England fishermen, regulators talk fish counts

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — New England fishermen and scientists met Friday amid an industry crisis in a forum that aimed to shed light on and air disagreement about the controversial science of counting fish.

Fishermen have long questioned fish population estimates offered by scientists, ­often because they contradict what they find at sea. With key stocks struggling and huge projected cuts set to decimate an already limping industry in 2013, the unrest is widespread.

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