Whenever I talk to people working in the fishing industry - whether in Gloucester, New Bedford, or Boston - I always hear the same thing: Our fishermen are hardworking, middle-class people who just want to get out there and fish. They work hard and play by the rules, and they want to come home, put food on their tables, and provide their children with opportunities - including the chance to carry on in the same family fishing traditions.
Fishermen face many challenges, but one of the biggest threats has come from the federal government. For years, fishermen have been hammered by unfair enforcement and unfair regulations.
Federal regulators need to do a better job of working with fisherman and scientists to achieve everyone's shared goals. That means having sustainable fishing stocks, but doing so in a way that doesn't drive fishermen out of business. As Senator, I'll listen to Massachusetts' fishermen, I'll stand with them, and I'll fight for them in Washington.