Written by Jen Finn
Last week's announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that it would steer up to $10 million of seafood import tariff money into a fund designed to upgrade fishing fleets and provide support so fishing communities can transition to their futures was hailed as a good first step toward aiding the industry.
And perhaps that's what it will be: a very, very tiny baby step that will do some good over time.
But as Gloucester fishermen Joe DiMaio put it, "there is no time." And when it comes to Gloucester and New England fishermen's true needs, there remains no money either.
So to hear Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others proclaiming this NOAA gesture "an excellent chance for our ports" is disappointing, to say the least.
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