Comm. Fishermen Decry New Rules

Commercial Fishing Vessel, Photo/USCG/Dann Blackwood.

Boston Herald: With the height of the New England fishing season getting under way this week, small family fishermen say controversial new rules are destroying their livelihood—forcing them to sell their boats and instead search for work as laborers on larger vessels.

“It’s a death knell. It’s the beginning of the end for small fishermen,” said Rhode Island fisherman Joel Hovanesian, 54, who recently sold his boat.

Plymouth fisherman Stephen Welch, 50, a father of 2, said: “We’re in a crisis right now.”

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