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156 million pounds of fish wasted as bycatch last year in Northeast

156 million pounds of fish wasted as bycatch last year in Northeast

156 Million Pounds of Fish Wasted in Northeast Posted Fri, Sep 21, 2012 by Peter Brannen to bycatch , cod , disaster , flounder , haddock , nmfs , northeast Bycatch a threat to fisheries ©Wikimedia Commons Bycatch is a word that is thrown around a lot in the fishing industry, but when a trawler is throwing away half the fish it catches, somehow “bycatch” doesn’t seem to adequately capture the scope of the problem. It’s that sort of scale of waste that is described in a troubling new report by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The report claims that 156 million pounds of fish were discarded by fishing ships in the Northeast last year. “156 million pounds of bycatch in the Northeast equals jobs lost and meals wasted,” said Gib Brogan, Northeast representative at Oceana. “What is bycatch to one fishery is often targeted catch to another. Take skates for example, which ar...

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