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January 26, 2013

Sharing concerns for fisheries

Local fishermen hear of Alaska threat, too

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Sanfilippo said that, by working together, commercial fishermen can improve the industry on a national level.

“We have opportunities to open lines of communication across the country to better fisheries,” she said.

While Gloucester fishermen attending Friday’s get-together are not faced with dangers of a possible mining development, they did show support for Carscallen’s cause — and said it raises further questions over the government’s role in driving the industry downward.

“It’s almost as if the barbarians are at the gates,” said Al Cottone, captain of the Gloucester-based Sabrina Maria. “It could lead to a domino affect.”

Cottone said catch share limitations and regulations put in place are damaging the local industry, which could be facing government-regulated cuts of up to 86 percent in Gulf of Maine cod landings in the new fishing year that starts March 13, pending a regional council meeting next week.

Russell Sherman of the Lady Jane criticized president Obama’s administration and said the issues facing the fishing industry are going largely unnoticed.

The local fishermen agreed to contact other government officials, and write letters of support for Carscallen and her fight against the Pebble mine and for the Alaskan salmon fishery. Legislators from eight other states have done the same, Carscallen said.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at jniedzinski@gloucestertimes.com.

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