A few years ago, Boston was a fishing city.
Today, it’s one of the most heavily exploited fishing towns in the country, and its trawlers can be found in every corner of the state.
But while the fishing industry in the Boston area is booming, it is still struggling to keep up with the growth in the seafood industry in Massachusetts.
With the growth of seafood, the amount of fish caught has increased from an estimated 35 million tons in 2005 to more than 50 million tons by 2016.
In 2016, Boston fishermen caught more than 7 million pounds of seafood from the ocean.
The number of fisherman has grown from less than 50,000 in 2005, to about 1.3 million in 2016.
“We’re seeing more and more of our boats being caught and hauled by trawler, which is why we’re seeing a lot more of those fish going into the ocean, and not being eaten by the sea birds,” said David Jorgensen, a marine biologist at the Massachusetts Department of Marine Resources.
Fish catch is driven by two factors: the demand for fish by fishermen and the demand by commercial fisheries.
The demand for seafood is driven primarily by the demand from recreational fishermen.
As recreational fishermen demand for the ocean and for the fish, the price of fish goes up, which helps to drive the demand and the fishing.
“A lot of those fishermen, they’re getting money for catching the fish,” said Mike Mancuso, a fish biologist at Boston College.
“They’re getting a lot of fish, and they’re earning money.”
But commercial fisheries also play a large role in the industry, and the economic value of fish comes with an environmental impact.
“If a fisherman goes fishing in the wrong place, he could destroy a habitat,” said Jorgenson.
“The same goes for people who are fishing the wrong way and dumping waste.”
And while commercial fisheries may be the driving force behind the growth, there is another factor at work.
In the past few years, the fishing community in Boston has seen the emergence of a new breed of fisherman.
“There’s a new generation of fishermen who don’t have to be a fisherman, but they’re using their boats and fishing skills to get more fish,” Mancaso said.
And while the fish industry is still experiencing some challenges, it has become a significant contributor to the economy in Boston.
“Fishing and tourism is growing and diversifying the local economy, and we have an opportunity to make that a reality for the fishermen and their families,” said Mancsonso.
In a city of just under 500,000, the fish population has more than doubled over the past two decades.
But the fishermen in the city are not the only ones in need of support.
“When you’re dealing with people who aren’t fishermen, the demand is always going to be there, and that’s why it’s a real challenge to keep the fishery going,” Jorgens said.
“People who have been fishing in Boston for 30 years have no idea what it’s like to be unemployed.
They don’t know what it is like to live paycheck to paycheck.
That’s why we need more people like them.”