National Fisherman


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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Inside the Industry

Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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