Will Sennott / Reporter
Will is a staff reporter for The New Bedford Light, covering housing court, education, offshore wind and the fishing industry. He was lead reporter on the team that founded the news organization in June of 2021.
Sennott graduated from UMass Amherst in 2019, where he studied history and creative writing. Before The Light, he worked for The Vineyard Gazette. Sennott’s reporting has been featured on NPR, The Boston Globe and The New York Times.
Stories by Will Sennott
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.
The Foss Marine Terminal, at the site of the old Cannon Street power station, will become the second offshore wind staging area on New Bedford’s waterfront. It is slated to open in March 2023.
“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.
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.
“It was there just as the conflict started. It was sitting safely at the dock. For some reason the Russians thought it was important to shell it and sink it,” said Eric Dawicki, president of the local company contracted by the government of Dominica to register ships that fly the Caribbean nation’s flag.
The terminal is slated to open in March 2023, and will provide storage, laydown yards for equipment and materials, berth facilities for tug and barge operations, host crew transfer vessels and service operation vessel support services.
Following recent renovations to State Pier, a four-year project funded by the Massachusetts Economic Development Council, New Bedford is primed to offload more vessels in the future.
“People should assume that it’s here,” said New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell in reference to the Omicron variant. “It’s all the more reason to mask up, avoid folks that are vulnerable and, most importantly, get vaccinated.”
The Buyers and Sellers Exchange is the largest public fish auction on the Eastern Seaboard, where an estimated 65% of the national, half-billion-dollar scallop trade passes from boats to buyers.
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