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Cape fishermen say federal money needed for monitors, disaster money should go to offset the observer costs

A typical skate trip, at 35 cents per pound and grossing $1,100, would be left with less than $400 to split between the boat and crew, said Chatham fisherman Jan Margeson.  “We don’t gross enough money to afford this,” said Margeson, who proposed allocating federal disaster money to fishermen who actually carried observers.  “This cost should be paid for by the federal government,” said John Pappalardo, chief executive officer at the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance. “This fishery is bankrupt right now. It’s nonsensical to lay it on a struggling industry.” Read the rest here 09:45