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Herring freezer vessel offers promise, raises concerns

February 01, 2007

Working Waterfront
Bebruary 2006
By Nancy Griffin

Offshore herring stocks, not fully exploited in recent years, will be the target of a new freezer vessel based in Portland.

Supporters say the venture will reduce pressure on overexploited inshore stocks, while critics worry the freezer boat will cause economic damage to onshore processing plants in other New England states and mean less food for larger fish species and less bait for the lobster industry.

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