Marshfield — Local fishermen are concerned about a Stellwagen Bank proposal that would eliminate a key fishing area from the region’s industry. According to the Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association (SBCBA), a proposed Sanctuary Environmental Research Area (SERA) would shut down all bottom fishing on 55 nautical square miles of Stellwagen Bank.
The SBCBA will host an open meeting for all fishermen to learn about the specific details of the SERA along with proposed Omnibus Habitat Amendment alternatives that will affect when, where and how people can fish.
According to Marshfield resident and SBCBA president Steve James, local fishermen will be adversely affected by the proposal and could be put out of business by the closing of fertile fishing grounds to the east.
“Fishermen need to be aware of what is happening but we also need the support of our political representatives both in Massachusetts and in Washington,” said James. “Their support will be vital in order for South Shore fishermen to survive.”