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.”