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In letter to Congress, fishermen plead for aid

New England fishermen facing a dire future for their industry asked Congress in a letter Tuesday for immediate help surviving deep and impending cuts to their catch allotments.

The letter, signed by 173 fishermen in ports from ­Connecticut to Maine, came as the industry prepares for May 1 catch reductions that fishermen warn could finish off the fleet. A 77 percent cut in the catch quota for cod in the Gulf of Maine and a 61 percent ­decrease in the cod allotment in Georges Bank are the most significant in an array of 2013 catch reductions on bottom-dwelling groundfish.

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