National Fisherman


YORK, Maine — An anonymous donation is supporting a new York Sustainable Fisheries Fund to benefit the health of the local commercial fishing business.

The estimated $40,000 in the fund will help continue work already done in town to support the working waterfront, according to Joey Donnelly, who is among three fiscal agents for the Sustainable Fisheries Fund. The other agents are Jim Smith and Cynthia Hosmer, both of York.

However, it's the York Lobstermen's Association that decides where and how the money is spent, Donnelly said.

The Lobstermen's Association, led by Mike Sinclair, is an organization representing an estimated 40 members, many of them among the 50 licensed lobstermen — 30 of them active — in York. An executive committee of Sinclair, Jeff Donnell, Mark Sewall, Matt Nowell and Jeff White is responsible for recommending how the funds should be spent, Sinclair said.

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