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Seal population a bane to Nantucket fishermen

Interference with fishing brings complaints against protected marine mammals

NANTUCKET — Big Kenny Tin Squid is not happy. Today, he has caught nothing. Nada. Oh, the surfcaster has gotten some bites, but only from the greenhead flies that are sucking his blood.

His real name is Ken Kassan, but nobody calls him that, because the legendary 6-foot-4-inch, 72-year-old fisherman always has a metal lure ready to cast into the sea. He started coming here in 1979 and has won scores of fishing trophies, both here and on Montauk, where he wanted to retire. But his wife preferred Nantucket, so he settled here in 1997.

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