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January 15, 2013

Editorial: 'Wicked' realities a lift for Gloucester

The National Geographic channel’s reality TV hit “Wicked Tuna” made its second-season debut Sunday night, after a widespread promotional campaign that took Gloucester fishing captains and series stars Dave Marciano and Dave Carraro to appearances from Boston to Los Angles and back.

And it’s understandable that Marciano might have been slightly overwhelmed by it all, including the sight of their own images posted oversized and presented high above the crossroads of the world — New York’s Times Square.

“Unbelievable. (It was) really very humbling — I had no idea,” Marciano said. “I’m very lucky to be a part of this.”

But the fishermen on the show aren’t the only ones to get the attention that “Wicked Tuna” has delivered. For in carrying out their fishing duties on national TV, Marciano, Carraro and their fellow “Wicked” captains are also raising the visibility of Gloucester — and of some of the issues facing fishermen across the industry. And that can only help viewers gain appreciation not only for the dangerous work of the fishermen, but an appreciation for Gloucester, its heritage and its current role as one of the nation’s true fishing capitals.

“Wicked Tuna” is, first and foremost, entertainment. But it’s clear that it’s carrying the word about Gloucester and its modern day fishermen to the rest of the country and the world. And that’s a reality everyone here should embrace.

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