Committee on Fisheries wants state to move contaminated quahogs to areas with cleaner waters.
Janet Coit, head of the top fisheries agency, was invited to the closed-door meeting with a diverse coalition of industry leaders, scientists and city officials at a pivotal moment for the nation’s top-earning commercial fishing port.
Propiedad de una familia holandesa multimillonaria, Blue Harvest Fisheries ha emergido como una fuerza dominante en el lucrativo puerto pesquero de New Bedford, Massachusetts. Su modelo de negocio: beneficiarse de las laxas normas antimonopolio y pasar los costos a los pescadores locales.
Congress must listen to the voices that for nearly 30 years have consistently sounded the alarm about management schemes that privatize fishing rights, industrialize the ocean, and undermine our public commons.
Crew exploitation, corporate dominance of the New Bedford fishery is more remote, less personal than the old waterfront, where the law was skirted and bad guys flourished.
“I’m deeply concerned by this report regarding the lack of federal oversight of foreign ownership limits and that some hardworking fishermen in New Bedford are not being treated fairly.” — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
“Sennott’s piece brings into focus what we’ve long wondered aloud: How much of the $11 billion the industry generates each year stays here … Certainly not enough.” — Joshua Amaral
“We as fishermen pour our hearts out to the (scallop leasing) committee. And they sit there with a straight face like they have already made their decision.” — Fishing Captain Justin Mello
Owned by a billionaire Dutch family, Blue Harvest Fisheries has emerged as a dominant force in the lucrative fishing port of New Bedford. Its business model: benefit from lax antitrust rules and pass costs on to local fishermen.
‘Ultimately, the ownership of the industry will go elsewhere … you’re gonna get companies that do not care about New Bedford’