Despite possible $100 million in aid, tough regs mean …Fishermen trying to stay afloat

Gloucester fisherman Paul Vitale’s job is on the line.

New England legislators are lobbying for $100 million to save next year’s groundfish fishery season in the wake of a disaster declaration, but that isn’t easing Vitale’s uncertainty about his industry’s future.

“There’s three households earning money off of my shoulders,” said Vitale, 40, captain of the 50-foot “Angela + Rose” and a father of three. “We never know day to day what’s happening.”

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  • borehead – Moderator

    Ignorant comments from the article.

    Think the public knows the score? heh.

    Michie

    ? +16-2

    Kerry wastes no time when stealing money for Uncle Drunkle Kennedy's shrine, but when actual families need a helping hand all they get is "we'll try". It's time we rid ourselves of these do nothing, self serving pols and start voting for folks who will work for US.

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    j5truth

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    but not this..A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complabut not this..A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondagecency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage

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    j5truth

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    posted twicw maybe someone will read it >>humm

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    dracul

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    No farm subsidies and no fish subsidies. When times were good, these fisherman fished-out the oceans. There are too many boats and not enough fish. Find something else to do. The taxpayers don't owe these guys a living.

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    Connvention

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    DRACUL…..Brilliant comment. Why don't these fishermen stop fooling with the ocean and become brain surgeons. There are plenty of people that need brainwork….like maybe yourself!

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    hoopfan replying to Connvention

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    I have to agree with " dracul" on this one . I have a friend who 15 years ago as a fisherman realized that the industry had no future. He took advantage of program offered to re-train fisherman in other industries and has prospered .

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    SteadieEddy

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    Fishing is with Rod and Reel

    NOT Dragging and nets…

    if you can't survive with rod and reel then get out the industry..

    etc…

    smell ya latah

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    SteadieEddy

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    and if any of you Caps think your gonna get one cent of that money… then I'd say there is a bigger fish story to be told…

    etc…

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    Connvention replying to hoopfan

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    After nearly 30 years in the fish business, I met few who were capable of following your friend's path. Generally, I do not agree with subsidizing ANY commercial interest. But this "industry," which has changed little in the past 2-3 centuries, must be preserved. Watching the Gloucester shore become a Fanueil Hall would be criminal.

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    hoopfan replying to Connvention

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    I agree with your assessment that Gloucester becoming Fanuel Hall would be a negative . Although if it brought more real jobs to the area it might change my view.I don't pretend to know the answer for the Fishing industry but as in any business you want to grow and do better, hasn't fishing shot itself in the foot. Better techniques, better equipment, more time on the water seems to have depleted the stock or inventory as it were. It appears to be overly regulated now , but is that in response to overfishing , you tell me ?