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Fishermen Want to Keep Their Catches Secret

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Fishermen may still tell tales, however tall, about the ones that got away, but those who make it their living would like to catch information to be a trade secret. The Society of Environmental Journalists reports that the industry is angling for a modification of the Magnuson-Stevens fisheries act to seal now-public aggregate data from reports of observers who go to sea on fishing vessels and collect information on “bycatch” unintentionally hauled in by netting, many of them marine species that are the focus of conservation programs. (7/14/05)