Written by Linc Bedrosian
Fishermen and government officials are now sparring over dire 2013 fishing catch limits that threaten the very future of the industry.
And viewers across the country can get their "reality" TV tastes of the fishing world through shows like "Deadliest Catch" and National Geographic's "Wicked Tuna," filmed out of Gloucester.
But fishing's harshest reality once again hit home in Gloucester, America's oldest seaport, and in Deer Isle, Maine, with the U.S. Coast Guard's grim but understandable decision a week ago to end the search for the scalloping boat Foxy Lady II.
It had been missing since Dec. 15.
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