‘Fishing is part of our heritage, woven throughout the fabric of coastal communities in New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. Though made up of small, family-owned business, commercial and recreational fisheries combined contribute nearly $10 billion in direct revenues annually to the Northeast regional economy.
Our most valuable fisheries, American Lobster, Sea Clams and Atlantic Sea Scallops, are found in very specific fishing grounds, and many other fisheries are spatially explicit. It is critical that ocean planning anticipate how off-shore construction, dredging and other sources of disturbance will impact vulnerable marine habitats essential to fisheries.’
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