“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
INVESTIGATION: How foreign private equity hooked New England’s fishing industry
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.
Mitchell warns of ‘potentially consequential’ impacts if leasing is approved
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’
Scallopers in New Bedford tell fishery managers they don’t want leasing
“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
New England council considers leasing proposal for scallop fishery
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.