A top fishing industry advocate has told a Congressional committee that New England fishermen need major improvements in fishing law, but first they need disaster aid.
Scientists this month completed a pilot project to measure the health of flatfish species off New England that relied heavily on the expertise of fishermen, right down to using their trawlers.
Fishermen desperate for revenues are learning to love the ornery dogfish, and they’re hoping the government can help them persuade seafood eaters to do the same.
A vigil was held in Gloucester for two fishermen who were lost at sea last week.
Regulators are again increasing the catch limit on the spiny dogfish, a species fishermen have long said is far too abundant.
The Coast Guard is gearing up for Hurricane Sandy. On Friday, a C-144 flew out of Air Station Cape Cod, with the crew broadcasting an alert to offshore fishermen.
Fishermen and boaters are heeding early warnings about the storm moving up the east coast.
The law that governs the nation’s fisheries was passed 36 years ago to oust foreign boats working in U.S. waters. Today, New England fishermen wonder if it will soon oust them.
New England lawmakers are considering asking Congress for $100 million in disaster relief funds for the fishing industry, including money to help fishermen exit the industry and subsidies for those who stay in.
Mass. lawmakers issued a joint statement asking President Barack Obama’s administration to issue a disaster declaration.