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Miscue Raises Doubts About Survey Data

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Science  18 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5593, pp. 515
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5593.515a

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A misrigged trawling net has brought a haul of problems for the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The faulty net has been used for the past 2 years in NMFS surveys of Atlantic fish populations, which help regulators set catch limits for cod and other important species. Now, some commercial fishers and members of Congress want the government to delay controversial catch restrictions that they say might be based on flawed data.