“We have fishermen fishing farther away and they’re still not finding the volume of fish they’ve expected,” Perkins said. “We’re catching some fish, enough to supply (the Co-op’s attached retail fish) market, but no way near what everyone’s used to. Thank heaven for the market, it’s provided another valuable source of revenue for us.”
Perkins said an example of lessening of fish volume can be seen in the blue fin tuna catch. Last year fishermen landed more than 200 blue fin tuna, a lucrative commodity. This fishing season only 50 blue fin have been caught for sale.
Perkins is pleased to see the state stepping up to the plate and helping in the fight against the new fishing restrictions.
“I think it’s great they’ve jumped on board the lawsuit,” Perkins said. “I think it’s because the state is seeing what’s happening to our fishing industry. This summer, some guys didn’t fish at all, but sold all their quotas to others.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.