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Our view: Fishing disaster’s unseen casualties

Anyone visiting the Gloucester waterfront these days can’t help but notice the lack of commercial fishing boat arrivals and departures and the slow pace of commerce in the wake of this year’s government-fueled commercial fishery “disaster.” But they can’t see the dire financial straits confronting Gloucester residents Everett and Jenice Sawyer, whose tale was spotlighted so powerfully in a story (”Fishing crisis’ collateral damage,” Sept. 26) by our sister paper, The Gloucester Daily Times, on the plight of longtime fishing crew members who are out of work, and in the Sawyers’ case, on the verge of being out of their home. [email protected]  photo gmg  14:15

Gloucester Daily Times Editorial: Fishing disaster’s unseen casualties – Are our lawmakers truly listening?

gdt iconEverett Sawyer sadly noted that any federal or state aid to fishermen and related businesses might not even reach him, given the layoffs of crew members across the industry. But his plight, and the extended impact on many other residents and businesses across the city cries out for government aid. And that need is now — for aid and/or the lifting of NOAA’s arbitrary limits, not “low-interest loans” for which fishermen are likely not eligible, and which they cannot repay. [email protected]  01:47