NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 28, 1977
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(Studio) As of midnight tonight no foreign fishing boats without permit will be allowed inside 200 mile limit of American waters.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(New Bedford, Massachusetts) Recently took boat "Atlantic Charger" Il days to catch enough fish to make trip worthwhile; total catch at New Bedford, Massachusetts, fish auction 1/3 smaller than few years ago. Fisherman blame large USSR and Polish fleets, as well as others, for taking so many fish from American fishermen; now with new 200 mile limit they see chance for American catch to grow. [MAN - notes previous large catches; says if regulated well, new law could mean same again in 9 or 10 years] Fishermen's concern re: ability of Coast Guard with present equipment, to enforce law noted. [2nd MAN - cites concerns with regard to enforcement.] General attitude is 1 of optimism.
REPORTER: Robert Hager