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Times have never been harder for fishermen. Stocks are lagging due to a host of reasons that include water pollution, large infrastructure projects like wind farms and LNG terminals, and undersea mining. Some of these issues are new territory and do not have tested regulatory processes in place. The result is a quagmire of agency and stakeholder debates and power struggles in which the commercial fishermen are trying to steer a course that will enable them to continue their fishing way of life. Representing all gear sectors and many ports in Massachusetts, the MFP is uniquely positioned to assist and promote the commercial fishing sector. The task of meeting the disparate needs of each sector and endorsing the industry as a whole is challenging, yet the following policy position statements and testimonies demonstrate the MFPs unmatched ability to do so.

 

 

 

 

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