CAPE MAY — Federal fishing regulators are contemplating requiring extra business fishermen to help with a program that seeks to guard sea turtles.
The Nationwide Marine Fisheries Service requires observers to be positioned on fishing boats in some fisheries to gather knowledge that helps to attenuate the hurt to turtles. The service says it needs to incorporate a gaggle of mid-Atlantic fisheries to this system subsequent yr due to the necessity to acquire extra knowledge about unintentional catch of sea turtles.
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The service needs to incorporate mid-Atlantic fisheries that fish with gill nets. That features fishermen of commercially vital species together with monkfish, mackerel, dogfish and coastal sharks.
The fisheries service says it’ll pay the direct prices for vessels to hold the observers. It is amassing feedback concerning the proposal till Nov. 20.