Gloucester Aims to Help Fishing, Research Vessels


Gloucester Times: A new study of current harbor docking facilities and future needs just commissioned by the city aims to aid the commercial fishing fleet that now calls Gloucester, Massachusetts home, as well as marine science and technology vessels the city hopes to attract.

Under a contract of about $11,000, researchers from the Urban Harbors Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston last week began studying existing conditions of the state-designated port area to determine how many vessels are home-ported in the city — a number already in dispute — and create, by November, a database of vessels, dockside property owners and available facilities.

From that, the researchers will “quantify needs for the home-ported and transient vessels and the expectation of property owners,” according to the institute’s proposal.

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