Are the New England fishermen doomed? On Jan. 31, CNN reported that the commercial fishing industry is facing large cuts, which will leave many fishermen out of work. According to the report, cod catch rates are being cut up to 77% in the Gulf of Maine. Sadly, these cuts are happening more and more and those who have always depended on fishing as a way of life may not be able to do so for much longer.
"That move, analysts predict, is expected to decimate fishing communities across the region and have a domino effect on seafood processors, wholesalers, distributors and retailers who all make a living off the water," reports CNN.
Not all New England fishermen are doomed, however. There is still going to be a need for fresh fish -- and if not in New England, than where else? Sure, many of them are going to be out of a job or not able to make things work, but others will keep on fishing because they have to. That's all they know.
The money cuts are only part of the problem. Over the past few decades, Cod stocks have become less healthy -- and less abundant. As with any type of fishing, this is something that is threatening the world of seafood.
Do you think the New England fishermen are doomed?
© Effie Orfanides 2013