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.
“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
‘Ultimately, the ownership of the industry will go elsewhere … you’re gonna get companies that do not care about New Bedford’
Wednesday’s final public meeting in New Bedford is critical. Mayor says city has ‘more at stake in this matter than any community in the nation’
“There was a time in this industry when a father owned a boat and he taught his son, and his son was able to rise up … buy and operate his own boat, and you know, those days are gone.” — Tyler Miranda, a New Bedford captain of two scallop boats
“The consumption of fish over the last 20 or 30 years has been growing much faster than the consumption of meat, partly because people like the idea of lean protein with Omega-three and Omega-six fatty acids. But people want to know where their fish come from, they want to know that it’s sustainable …”
Plaintiff Tim Malley said he invested close to $1 million in purchasing and repairing a New Bedford vessel last year, and estimates up to 30% of his income could come from what he fishes in the Northeast.
The New Bedford Port Authority, along with some of the city’s shoreside business and scallop fishermen, according to their attorney, cite concerns that leasing could lead to further consolidation of the fishery to the detriment of smaller fleets and businesses.
Los inmigrantes llevan mariscos a las mesas de Estados Unidos, pero muchos han sido excluidos de las ayudas de la pandemia al igual que sus hijos, que son ciudadanos estadounidenses