National Fisherman

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley visited Gloucester on Thursday, riding the political bicycle built for two that really only has room for one.
Coakley spent part of the day dispensing with her duties as the state’s chief law enforcement official, meeting in the late afternoon with about 20 local fishermen and fishing advocates at The Gloucester House to speak about the state’s lawsuit in U. S. District Court against the Department of Commerce — and by extension, NOAA — and other issues related to the ongoing fishing crisis.
“This particular event is an attorney general event, from my point of view,” Coakley said following the approximately hour-long meeting where she spent much more time listening than talking. “I really wanted to get an update, in my role as attorney general, as to what is going on.”
Read the full story at Gloucester Times>>

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