05/02/2010 - A new set of fishing rules promises to use the best available science to determine how many pounds of fish from each species can be caught allowing the populations to rebuild.
It also creates a new method of sharing the catch that gives fishermen the flexibility they need to maximize their earnings by controlling when and how they fish.
The biggest threat to the new system, however, is not biology or economics. It's politics.
Read the full editorial New Fishing Rules Need Time to Work on The Portland Press Herald's Web site.