(Jan. 12, 2017) The Nantucket County Commissioners have petitioned the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries to close state waters around the island to trawlers fishing for squid between May 1 and Oct. 31.
The seasonal closure would bring the island in line with the same “mobile- gear” closure that has been in effect for much of coastal Massachusetts since 1938. Island recreational fishermen and charter captains say the closure would protect the habitat and go a long way toward bringing back the striped bass and other game fish that feed on squid and have been on the decline.
“In the last few years there’s been so much pressure on the squid fishery,” county commissioner and selectman Bob DeCosta said.
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