The Problem with Catch Shares Video From GoodFoodnH2O

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I remember my dad telling me when I graduated from college and was at the crossroads of either coming down the dock or continuing my education to become an Economics professor.  He said- “Joey if you come down the dock, there’s always gonna be fish and they’re always gonna need a place to offload them.”  Never back then could he or I imagine how much they would have hyper-consolidated the industry and reduce the number of fishermen in our harbor by 80%.

So in the middle of composing this post Pete Mondello pulled up to load bait to go lobstering.  Pete doesn’t have any fishing permits any more and he tells me the story of what his father Joe the cobbler said to him- “Pete if everything goes to shit you’ll still be able to go catch some fish for dinner.”  Never did he dream back then that if he landed fish he’d get thrown in jail.

What our town was built on- the spirit of the independent fisherman who could get in the business by filling out a sheet of paper for a permit and get out of it as much work as he wanted to put in.  Now all that is over.  No young guy can afford the millions it will take to get started up in this business as a fisherman and within our lifetime we will see the complete transformation into few large fishing conglomerates from hundreds of fishing families supporting thousands.


6 thoughts on “The Problem with Catch Shares Video From GoodFoodnH2O

  1. Same thing is happening out here in farm land. As far as I can tell, we don’t have the government to blame per se though there is a lot of government interference that distorts the markets. (Think ethanol mandates.) But whatever, it is a changing world. Wanna eat, plant a garden out back. Until they tell you you can’t do that any more.


  2. Interesting and sad. The other day I was watching a video produced by Greenpeace UK, about the same problem that small fishermen are facing in the UK. I was surprised to see that, over there, Greenpeace, is supporting them .
    Seriously, check this video (it is not mine):


  3. Thanks for posting that important video, Joey C, and thank you for linking
    This is another very important video, that as far as I know, has never been responded to.
    Dem Mayor Pleads for Obama to Stop New Regulations Driving Small Businesses Out of Business


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