THE SEA: Net Gain Along the Shores

"Gonna take my little girl out to dinner and dancing Saturday night." sang Captain Barry Boucher last week after tying up his 75-ft. trawler Shanty Girl in New Bedford, Mass. In eleven days on Georges Bank, off the New England coast, Boucher and his crew of five had netted 45,000 Ibs. of fish, including 30,000 lbs. of yellowtail flounder, which they sold for $28,000 in the red brick auction house at the foot of the pier.

The catch was a fluke—only once before this year had Boucher caught any yellowtail flounder—but New England...

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