National Fisherman's Melissa Wood shares her stories as a writer and editor covering the U.S. fishing industry.
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
When the 83-foot Explorer was launched in 1963, gas was about 30 cents a gallon. The newest scallop dragger in the New Bedford, Mass., fleet was powered by a 510 h.p. Caterpillar Diesel.
Though average fish prices have also increased, they have not kept up with gas rates, which have risen more than 10 times in 50 years. In comparison, average prices for fish increased sevenfold from a little under 8 cents per pound to 54 cents per pound.
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