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Let’s help — not hurt — our fishermen

In the face of recent drastic cuts in groundfishing quotas, it is easy to understand why political leaders sympathize with the plight of fishermen up and down the New England coast. This industry formed the foundation of many of our communities.

New England groundfish fishermen have faced massive changes in the fishery for decades, and have had to adjust to an ever-changing set of management requirements. Unfortunately, one of the biggest crises to date is now facing our region’s fishermen. Key fish stocks are not recovering as previously believed, and the government had no choice but to make tough cuts to ensure fish and fishermen have a future. This has caused a crisis in the fishery, with many fishermen saying they are getting out of the business, and that has set off an understandable political reaction.

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