The bully pulpit for the commercial fishing industry was a crowded place on Wednesday, when past and present Massachusetts attorneys general made their way to Gloucester to meet with one of their most fervent and beleaguered constituencies.
The event at the offices of the Northeast Seafood Coalition, largely organized by state Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante with the help of the coalition, was a show of force and appreciation for the efforts of former Attorney General Martha Coakley and current Attorney General Maura Healey in helping the Gloucester fishing community as it continues to wrestle against the clutches of the ongoing fishing disaster.
But it was more than that. For more than an hour, the gathering had the feel of a reunion and the vibe of comrades who waged — and continue to wage — battle together.
“Usually, we’re referred to as ‘General’ because of our position,” Coakley said to the two dozen fishermen, public servants and other stakeholders gathered in the coalition’s board room above the Institution for Savings building on Parker Street. “But when we come to Gloucester, we’re happy to be called ‘Captain’.”
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