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PORTLAND, Maine - Regional fishery regulators have been trying to balance conservation concerns against the needs of the commercial fishing industry this week.

They've been tackling the complicated issue of habitat amendment in federal waters from Maine to Connecticut.

MYSTIC, Conn. - The New England Fishery Management Council has opened some areas up to limited fishing, but has approved the majority of habitat protection measures being put forward.

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — A young male harp seal is back in the Atlantic more than a month after being found dehydrated in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

The 1 to 2-year-old seal, named "Dill" by his rescuers, underwent treatment at Mystic Aquarium's Animal Rescue Clinic in Connecticut for dehydration and stomach parasites.

Workers there were able to get his weight up from 62 pounds to 75 pounds, allowing him to wobble back into the sea Thursday in front of a crowd at Blue Shutters Beach in Charleston.

PORTLAND, Maine - Federal fishery regulators are keeping protections of Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine as part of a broad effort to alter the scope of New England's fishing grounds.

The ledge is an underwater mountain and offshore ecosystem mostly closed to fishing that environmentalists have ardently opposed reopening. The New England Fishery Management Council says its protections will stay. The council is meeting Thursday to approve a long-awaited plan for federal waters from Maine to Rhode Island.

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The Canadian government has joined the fray over a controversial proposal to prevent the passage of alewives into the St. Croix River near the international border.

Ottawa wants unrestricted alewife passage, something which conservationists support, but which the recreational fishing lobby says could have devastating effects on the local economy.