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Portland, Gloucester Tie as New England Fish Ports

PORTLAND, Maine - A federal report says Portland, Maine and Gloucester, Massachusetts, are now tied for second place in New England in volume of commercial fish landed.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says fishermen in both ports landed 62 million pounds of fish in 2013. New Bedford, Massachusetts, is the top port in New England at 130 million pounds.

Portland's catch was valued at $32 million while Gloucester's was $42 million. That is because Portland lands more herring, which is a low-value fish.

Portland trailed far behind Gloucester in recent years. Portland landed 59 million pounds in 2012 while Gloucester landed 83 million.