1912Gloucester fishermen lobbied for otter trawling to be outlawed.Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry

Courtesy of Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives. D 24A, FF 13.
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Enlisting popular author James B. Connolly and other supporters, Gloucester fishermen traveled to Washington to lobby for a bill prohibiting the landing of fish caught with otter trawls in the United States, which was introduced by Congressman Gardner of Massachusetts. They argued that the method produced overfishing, that it induced industrial fishing, eliminated the individual fisherman, and that it would eventually create a monopoly. The Commissioner of Fisheries report in 1915 agreed that the North Sea had been overfished. To prevent that in New England waters it recommended limiting otter trawling north of latitude forty to Georges Bank, the South Channel, and Nantucket Shoals.

German, Andrew W., "Otter Trawling Comes to America: The Bay State Fishing Company, 1905-1938", The American Neptune, Spring 1984: Vol 44 Iss 2.
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