Fishermen concerned over spate of deaths

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Since 2004, 15 men have lost their lives in the sea around Maine's Washington County and Charlotte counties, New Brunswick - seven in the last 13 months.

A two-hour discussion between fishermen, marine experts, the Maine Department of Marine Resources and Coast Guard officials touched on plenty of possible reasons for the tragedies: incorrect gear, failure to wear life vests, weather and inexperience.

But the bottom line, the scallop and urchin draggers agreed, is that to fish in Cobscook Bay, with its terrific currents and astronomical tides, is to fish in one of the most dangerous bodies of water in the U.S.

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