Cape May commercial fishing industry surveys impact of Sandy - NBC40.net

Cape May commercial fishing industry surveys impact of Sandy

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CAPE MAY - The commercial fishing industry is managing the effects of Hurricane Sandy and preparing for the all important scallop season.

The owner of the Cold Spring Fish & Supply Company said that since Sandy, his crews have noticed that some of the ocean bottom had been kicked up by the storm, making harvesting of scallops more difficult.

We also spoke with the owner of Atlantic Cape Fisheries who said that weather events like Sandy are a symptom of what's been an on going change in the fishing industry.

A consistent change in the weather and water temperature is resulting in some migrations of key harvests, forcing the industry to adapt.

This change adds in another wrinkle to an already volatile industry, as the US Government has forced fisheries to scale back their scallop harvest by 30% this coming year to help conserve supply.

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