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Friday, March 9, 2012

Fleet Diversity for a Local, Thriving, Sustainable New England Fishery

By Karen Masterson, guest blogger
Owner, nourish restaurant

Lexington, Massachusetts

Note: This letter was addressed to New England fisheries decision-makers regarding Amendment 18 to the groundfish plan. We encourage everyone to join Karen by submitting your own comments in support of fleet diversity. Click here to learn how.

Dear New England Fisheries Management Council,

I am writing to express my support for fleet diversity and urge you to stand up for our New England fishing families and their communities. 

As a restaurant owner I am deeply committed to building relationships with the multitude of local farmers and producers who do the hard work of raising food in the challenging conditions of the New England growing season. That interest does not stop at the shore line. I want to know that the fish I am purchasing to offer our customers is not just a good choice for them to eat, but that my purchase of it is also supporting a fisherman/woman in our own communities. It is only through the relationships we forge with our own fishing communities that we truly create a local, thriving, sustainable New England fishery. 


Thank you Karen for sharing your comments. We encourage everyone who, like 
Karen believes fleet diversity matters, to submit your own comments as part of a public comment period. Click HERE for help on e-mail comments. Every comment counts!

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