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NOAA completes long-awaited fisheries management plan for New England ocean waters

Roughly 15 years ago, or about three years into the tenure of a young Patriots quarterback named Tom Brady, the New England Fishery Management Council began work on its Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2.

My, how time flies when you're managing a fishery.

This week, the council announced that NOAA Fisheries has approved all but two elements of its habitat amendment in a management decision that will have a sweeping impact on which areas of the region's fishery will remain open to fishing and which will be protected.


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