- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire fishing officials have proposed a moratorium on recreational cod fishing in state waters.

WEVO-FM reports (https://bit.ly/2u52Nz9 ) fish stock assessments show the population of cod is still at historic lows in New England waters. As a response, the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game is proposing all cod be caught and released.

It is also proposing to limit haddock fishing - as fishermen going for haddock usually end up catching cod as well. A Fish and Game spokesman says the proposed changes may be controversial with the fishing industry.

The department says it is hosting a public hearing on the issue July 25 in Portsmouth.

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