Gloucester Gillnetter Facing Tough Times
February 19, 2013
Gloucester Times: For a gillnet fisherman, these are trying times—with worse yet to come.
Captain Don Smith, a 57-year-old transplanted Mainer whose family roots are in Nova Scotia and has fished commercially from Gloucester for more than 30 years, doesn’t need to be prodded to speak to that.
Working for his friend and first cousin Richard Burgess, the owner of a fleet that has been pared from 5 boats to 2, Smith leads a crew of 3 including himself on the 44’, fiberglass gillnetter Ryan Zachary, a nondescript former lobster boat without bunks or a bathroom.
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