For the three dozen inshore gillnet Gloucester-based fishermen in Northeast Sector 3, regulatory constraints have flattened the earth and left them gazing in trepidation over the edge into an abyss.
Added together, their years on the water comes to hundreds in rough numbers, yet the fishermen measure the uncertain future not in decades or years, but in months and see what time is left to their businesses as somewhere between bleak and nonexistent.
The desperation shows on their faces and in the risks they're taking to keep their mom-and-pop businesses on a lifeline.
Take John Montgomery. With in-shore gillnetting prohibited in February and March as a harbor porpoise conservation measure, Montgomery took his 42-foot F/V Chandelle deep into the treacherous waters of the wintry Atlantic drop nets for monkfish.
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