West Coast fish stocks recovery allows big hike in catch limits

A Pacific Ocean perch, a species of West Coast groundfish, is shown in this January 6, 2017 handout photo. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife/Vicky Okimura/Handout via REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. government is going ahead with sharply higher catch limits next year for West Coast groundfish, citing a rebound in bottom-dwelling stocks once so depleted by over-fishing that commercial harvests were virtually halted 20 years ago. The surprisingly swift recovery of groundfish – a classification that includes dozens of species […]

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