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Canadian company OKed to sell new bait fish in herring-starved Maine

Blackbelly rosefish

Blackbelly rosefish are seen in this file photo. (NOAA)


    The Associated Press

    Published Thursday, July 11, 2019 10:39AM EDT

    PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s lobster fishermen will be able to use a new species of bait fish to try to get through a shortage of herring that has troubled the industry in recent years.

    Lobstermen typically bait traps with Atlantic herring, but federal fishery regulators have enacted dramatic cutbacks to the catch quotas for that fish. The Maine Department of Marine Resources says Thursday it has approved the blackbelly rosefish as a new species that can be sold and used as lobster bait in the state.

    The blackbelly rosefish is an abundant species that ranges from Canada to South America.

    Cooke Aquaculture, a New Brunswick, Canada-based company, requested Maine’s approval to sell the rosefish as bait. The company says it plans to harvest the fish off Uruguay so it can used as bait.

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