On Friday, July 10, 2015 three fishing vessels were destroyed in a senseless act of vandalism. Two of the vessel owners will have great difficulty recouping from this tragic loss and may be on the brink of losing their businesses. Both men have been in the Rhode Island commercial fishing community for a very long time and have worked very hard for others in order to start their own dream of their own business. The Rhode Island Fishermen's Alliance has started a Go Fund Me campaign. Maybe together we can help these two men keep their dreams alive and get back fishing. It doesn't matter if its $1 or $100, every dollar counts.
Thank you in advance for your kindness.
The Rhode Island Fishermen's Alliance is dedicated to its mission of continuing to help create sustainable fisheries without putting licensed fishermen out of business. Since its inception, the Rhode Island Fishermen's Alliance has stayed true to its motto "for the people, by the people". Every issue that has confronted Rhode Island's Commercial Fishing Industry has been met head on by the Alliance. These challenges require a dedicated core of volunteers. The common bond of this group is a shared sense of responsibliity to protect every Rhode Island fishery and every harvester. Endless hours are spent working with lawmakers and academia to counter attempts made by both state and federal agencies to consolidate or create fishery policies to eliminate licensed fishermen.
The findings contained in NOAA's final report on the season released January 22, 2015 sketch a pessimistic and dire report of an entire fishery under siege from economic, regulatory and environmental pressures during the past four years.
On April 5, 2011, The Rhode Island Fishermen's Alliance had the privilege to sponsor a guided tour of Point Judith, Rhode Island's largest fishing port, to a group of 20 graduating 1st Class Cadets from the United States Coast Guard Academy...
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