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New Bedford: Officials promise to continue to fight for fishermen at annual blessing ceremony

sct logoThe trials and tribulations fishermen face every day — from the perilous journeys to their limited benefits — were highlighted in speeches aboard the stately schooner Ernestina Sunday afternoon. “It’s not just an industry, it’s the livelihood of people,” said Attorney General Martha Coakley at the 44th annual blessing of the fleet.  Two such committed individuals were awarded the Offshore Mariners’ Wives 2013 Friend of the Fishing Industry award — Angela Sanfilippo and J.J. Bartlett. [email protected] 17:51