As expected, Friday’s public hearing on the state of the region’s commercial fishing industry wasn’t exactly laden with magic solutions for reversing the fortunes of the beleaguered industry.


But that was never really the point of the joint public hearing before the City Council and the Fisheries Commission, as chief organizer City Council President Paul McGeary mentioned in advance of the meeting and in his opening remarks in Kyrouz Auditorium at Gloucester City Hall.


The goal, McGeary said, was to provide something of a primer for the city’s residents on the state of the fishing industry by exploring the issues that define the current upheaval and what the landscape may look like moving forward.


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