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Fishermen Oppose National Marine Monument Off New England

112_sr_ct_blumenthal_richardA plan announced Thursday that would designate a unique undersea area 150 miles off the New England coast as the nation’s first Atlantic marine national monument was met with immediate opposition from commercial fishermen. The proposal would dramatically restrict commercial fishing in that area and is drawing fierce opposition from commercial fisherman like Stonington’s Bobby Guzzo, who owns and operates two boats “That’s just the government trying to take all our water,” Guzzo said Thursday from aboard his fishing vessel. “I’m dead set against it.” Joseph Gilbert’s Empire Fisheries operates four fishing boats out of Stonington, and he also has problems with the proposed undersea sanctuary. “Fishermen are conservationists, too,” Gilbert said, explaining that he believes the proposal “is well intentioned” but simply “goes too far” without considering the impact on commercial fishing operations and supplies of fish for consumers. “A lot of these areas are protected already,” Gilbert said. Read the rest here 08:45

Fishermen oppose New Bedford casino proposal

“No harm is either meant, intended or done by our plan, to the fishing fleet,” Stern said. He cited plans for commercial fishing berths and a recreational marina on the site, and said the removal of oil tanks would keep tankers from using the Acushnet River, freeing space for fishermen. Forty-year fisherman Gabriel Miranda disagreed. “Not on my working waterfront,” Miranda said of a casino. “I can’t see how we’d survive down there.” Jim Kendall, of New Bedford Seafood Consulting, said during the Q & A that “there’s been very little interaction between your people and the fishing industry.” Read the rest here 14:42