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Fish rules trap boat owners

Massachusetts fishermen’s earnings sank by 14.2 percent in 2011 — a record drop that some blame on the first full year of new federal catch limits, according to the Boston Herald.

“They’re just killing us,” said Plymouth fisherman Jim Keding, who sold his boat and downsized into a smaller home because he couldn’t make ends meet under the new system.

A Boston Herald review of U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis figures shows that workers in the state’s

“Forestry, Fishing and Related Activities” sector earned $54 million less in 2011 than they did in 2010.

The 14.2 percent drop represents the largest such Massachusetts decline in the two decades the bureau has kept such records.

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