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Gloucester will sit at the epicenter of the national fishery management universe next week when top regulators from around the country gather here for three days of overviews of the nation's individual fisheries.

Capt. Al Cottone of the F/V Sabrina Maria looks out over the harbor at his pilot house, while tied up at Felcia Oil Co. on Commercial Street.

Capt. Al Cottone on board the F/V Sabrina Maria, built in 1958.

DESI SMITH/Staff photo. Fishermen Rick Beal sits on a pile of nets .11/7/14

Fisherman Rick Beal knit the mounds of synthetic twine into the net.

Fisherman Rick Beal stands on the waterfront. "Fishing is more of a life than a business," Beal said. "It's what you do and who you are."

Last Thursday, NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency responsible for managing the nation’s fisheries, instituted staggeringly restrictive area closures in the Gulf of Maine to combat what it regards as the ongoing deterioration of the region’s iconic stock, the cod fish.