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NEW BEDFORD — The trials and tribulations fishermen face every day — from the perilous journeys to their limited benefits — were highlighted in speeches aboard the stately schooner Ernestina Sunday afternoon.
 
Amid the fun and games of the 10th annual Working Waterfront Festival, officials outlined the challenges facing the fishing industry today and vowed to continue to support local fishermen and their families through these trying times.
 
"It's not just an industry, it's the livelihood of people," said Attorney General Martha Coakley at the 44th annual blessing of the fleet aboard the historic schooner Ernestina, Massachusetts' official vessel.
 
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