A gulf fish tale

06/30/2014
Michael T. Slocum Upstream Technology Editor About 35 years ago, 10 exploratory wells were drilled in the US portion of the Georges Bank basin 120 miles off Cape Cod, Mass. Environmentalists came out against drilling, and their arguments, including the claim that the fishing industry would be destroyed, were ultimately persuasive. Drilling ceased, yet to be restarted. Ten years later, the Georges Bank groundfish stocks collapsed, the region was overfished, and nearly 10,000 sq km were closed to fishing, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service. Commercial fishing is slowly recovering, but Massachusetts continues to be a net importer of Cape Cod's eponymous fish, mostly from Icel...
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