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February 21, 2013

As fishing declines, will fish eaters notice?

  • Dramatic cuts in the cod catch threaten the fishing industry from Rhode Island to Maine, but just 9 percent of the seafood eaten in the U.S. is domestically caught.
    Associated Press

    GLOUCESTER, Mass. — His city's best fishing days are long past, but lifelong Gloucester resident Ron Gilson still sees what once was when he drives past what remains.

    There's the waterfront lot, littered with discarded fishing nets and lobster pots, where vessels in the famed fishing fleet once docked. The clatter and grit of a top maritime machine shop downtown has been replaced by a banquet hall. On the state fish pier, where Gilson briefly parks, the sounds of year-round work have given way to the quiet whirr of his idling Prius.

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