GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Letters/My View

August 2, 2013

Keep fishermen's plight front and center

To the editor:

I read Marjorie Nesin’s piece on the plight of commercial fishing in Gloucester — or what is left of it (the Times, Page 1, Wednesday, July 31).

I’ve been trying to keep up with Attorney General Coakley, who is trying to see if NOAA can’t be budged, considering they are using ancient information and will not even deem it necessary to take another look at it.

From all I’ve read and heard, there doesn’t seem to be any type of financial assistance to these fishermen.

Why can’t the feds who “advised” Mr. Orlando to increase his permits (to the tune of $400,000 and is still responsible for payment) take back these “useless permits” when they are tying his hands and others.

Also, who is NOAA administrator John Bullard, the king of the fishing realm? Why isn’t he helping these people in any way he can? The fishermen aren’t his enemies; aren’t they the ones he should be looking out for?

It also seems that very few seem to care about the New England fishermen and their plight. Go to see “North Shore Fish” this weekend at Gloucester Stage Co., and try to learn more about this crisis. I just went up on www.change.org and hope that by signing up that at least show my support, and feel that this must be published for others who may want to help them to do something.

Thank you for writing about them, and I hope you’ll follow up and keep us in the loop.

JUDY SALKOVITZ

Haverhill

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters/My View

NDN Video
Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open NOW TRENDING: Real life Pac-Man Explosions as hot air balloon crashes in Clinton DUI Driver Dragged to Safety by Officer After Walking Onto Busy Freeway Celebrities That We'd Like to Send to the Moon Spectacular lightning storm hits London Malaysian Flight Victim Was South Florida Grad Rory McIlroy on pace to break British Open records Officials Fear MH17 Site Now Tampered by Rebels Lowes employees repair Vietnam vet's wheelchair Widow of Staten Island man who died after NYPD takedown says he was unjustifiably targeted