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Maine city asks fishermen to support auction house

July 26, 2010

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PORTLAND, Maine—The city of Portland is asking fishermen to bring more product to the city's ailing fish auction.

With fish catches down in New England and more fishermen taking their boats to Massachusetts, the volume of fish brought to the Portland Fish Exchange has dropped sharply in recent years. It expects to handle less than 5 million pounds this year.

The city last week sent a letter to more than 60 fishing vessel owners, appealing to them to bring more fish to the auction.

Terry Stockwell, deputy commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources and a Fish Exchange board member, told the Portland Press Herald the auction plays a critical role in supporting the fishing industry and that the auction needs the industry's support in return.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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