Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick makes last-ditch appeal for fishermen

sct logoWith one week to go before severe quota cutbacks descend on the Northeast groundfishery, Gov. Deval Patrick has written to interim Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and Congress imploring them to step in, ease the restrictions and send disaster relief for the industry. May 1 marks the start of the 2013 groundfishing year, bringing with it sharp reductions in cod and yellowtail flounder quota that many fishermen say will make it financially impossible to fish. continued

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