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A Fresh Catch

In the last three decades, declining fish stocks, rising fuel prices, and the increased regulation of the fishing industry have made it harder for small fishermen to earn a living from the sea. Along the Eastern seaboard, hundreds of ports have shut down, leaving fishing communities in peril. But with just twelve fishermen, the tiny town of Port Clyde, Maine is now the state's second largest groundfishing port. The fleet is still shrimping in the winter and catching groundfish during the summer. But in order to survive, they're changing the way they fish and do business.

A Fresh Catch

Produced by Willa Kammerer

In the last three decades, declining fish stocks, rising fuel prices, and the increased regulation of the fishing industry have made it harder for small fishermen to earn a living from the sea. Along the Eastern seaboard, hundreds of ports have shut down, leaving fishing communities in peril. But with just twelve fishermen, the tiny town of Port Clyde, Maine is now the state’s second largest groundfishing port.

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