BAN ROLLS OFF
Content that new federal limits on catching swordfish will buoy the
fish's population, two environmental groups are ending their two-year
campaign to convince restaurants not to serve swordfish.
The US National Marine Fisheries Service last week announced plans to
close more than 100,000 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic
Ocean to pelagic longline fishing, and a similar ban may be in the
works for the Grand Banks off New England and Canada. SeaWeb and the
Natural Resources Defense Council, which waged the campaign, are
releasing some 700 chefs from their pledge not to serve Atlantic
swordfish. One wholesale fish seller said the new restrictions could
push the price of the fish up 50 percent; currently, swordfish can
retail for more than $10 a pound.
Straight to the source:
Contra Costa Times, Associated Press, Justin Pope, 08.12.00
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