NJ Commercial Fishing Industry Hit Hard By Sandy

By Lauren Wanko

This is the first time commercial fisherman Gary Stone is back to work at the Belford Seafood Cooperative since Hurricane Sandy made landfall more than three weeks ago.

“If we don’t land any fish on the dock we don’t make any money,” Stone said.

That’s why Stone headed to Montauk right after the storm hit. He needed an operational dock and ice machine.

“I got $10,000 a month in bills and five kids to feed. I can’t, can you stay home for three weeks? I can’t. If I don’t work the bills don’t get paid,” Stone said.

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