Only five boats still make Scituate their home port, Five years ago, there were 16

AR-150727920That number includes two larger trawlers and three smaller gillnetting boats like Roche’s, said Mirarchi, who is semi-retired but still a close observer of what’s left of the dwindling industry. Five years ago, there were 16 fishing boats based in Scituate. With just a fraction of the boats now active from this harbor, Scituate’s annual catch of groundfish such as flounder and cod has fallen from 3 million pounds to just half a million pounds in five years.  Many fishermen have simply given up, said Frank Mirarchi, who sold his boat – a dragger named the Barbara Peters – last month. Read the rest here 11:49