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Rutgers says 40% of East-Coast Commercial Fishermen checked out this year


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This is pretty incredible. A new study out of Rutgers finds that 40% of commercial fishermen did not go out on the water this season. 

 

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With restaurants and supply chains disrupted due to the global coronavirus pandemic, two-fifths of commercial fishermen surveyed from Maine through North Carolina did not go fishing earlier this year, according to a Rutgers study that also documented their resilience and adaptation.

Of those who kept fishing, nearly all reported a decline in income compared with previous years, according to the survey of 258 fishers in the Northeast published in the journal PLOS ONE.

 

That's a pretty significant hit to the eastern fishing industry. 

 

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