Odyssey of a Commercial Fisherman Boat Owner- What has this Government Done to Them? Now you may say this blog post has nothing to do with real estate but I will disagree with you. Just like real estate makes the country turn, so do our businesses that come under undue and unconscionable pressure and regulation by our government. The RI commercial fishing industry was a large and profitable industry 30 years ago but it changed. In the 1970's the U.S. had no care about the Russians taking all our fish 100 miles out from our shores and raping the oceans at large. Our RI commercial fisherman complained but received little support from our RI representatives or our government to do anything about it. Why? if we did do anything as a country we couldn't have had our submarines snooping off the Russian shores watching them!
Point Judith RI, the port of Galilee, within the town of Narragansett RI was the hub of this RI fishing industry, like New Bedford, MA, where boat owners could sustain their families by catching lobsters, cod, flounder, fluke, squid & the likes and many extended businesses thrived by extension. I was a RI commercial fishing boat owners wife and I knew the struggles, danger (our boat burned at sea), and fishing challenges of living the dream to have your business on the open waters.
Then it changed...the government decided that fishing was to be restrictive... their analysis showed quantities of fish depleting rapidly and the commercial fisherman were required to change their ways have restrictive quotas of fish, pay to have government observers on their boats, only fish for species on certain weeks, etc. Yes, if you pulled up non-allowable fish in your nets, you have to throw them back (they're dead then) and waste ensued and still does. It has become impossible with fuel costs to pay your bills - remember commercial fisherman do not receive subsidies from the government. The commercial fisherman's burden is on their backs alone!
So my good friend and commercial fishing boat owner, Joel, has sold out his boat to a consortium who has deep pockets (do you not think that fresh fish will rise in price?!). When we talk of freedom we all must remember that this wonderful country of ours offers different kinds of freedom to different people...you may have your own opinion but I share mine. He challenged the government well and tried to effect good change for this RI commercial fishing industry for years but alas the burden of David against Goliath was too formidable. I will always salute and commend him for his efforts!
Here is his heartfelt letter (as he has left his livelihood of being a RI commercial fishing boat owner behind) I wanted to share and as he says he has SOLD OUT :
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