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Fishing regs pit waterman against government

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The ongoing, intense fight over a new fishing regulation regime has never been solely about conservation. It is also about economics - specifically the economic health of fishing communities such as Gloucester, Mass.

The Pew Environment Group, a $5 billion philanthropic group, clearly still believes in keeping tight restrictions on fishing in the name of preserving the resource. And it still supports the concept of "catch shares," the system of fisheries management based on fishermen's actual catch, as opposed to the current effort controls that limit fishermen days at seas and access to various fishing grounds.

Click here for a report in the Washington Post.

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