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A small part of the Barnegat Light Commercial Fishing Fleet
A 1999 First---Tours of Viking Village Commercial Fishing Dock
By Shirley Alnutt. Page Editor, 5 September 1999
Tours of Viking Village's dock have been among Long Beach Island's most popular activities this season. Many people have welcomed the opportunityto see what commercial fishermen really do, and to gain anunderstanding ofwhat it takes to get that delicious seafood dinner to the table.
Recently Viking Village has hosted tours that included descriptions of how various types of fish are caught, what the different kinds of fishing boats are like, types of fishing equipment used, and what happens between the time the fish are caught and when they are packed in ice for shipment to retailers and restaurants.
Along with the fishing highlights, the presentations have included information on the types of regulations the commercial fishermen (and women), who have the most dangerous jobs in the nation. The UnitedStates fishing industry is regulated more stringently than any other in the world, threatening the livelihood of many American fishermen, and, ironically, possibly causing the American public to buy foreign seafood.
Fishing boats from other countries, fishing the same oceans as American fishing boats, can often bring in as many fish as they can catch, whereas the Americans are severely limited in what they can take. Since fish aremigratory, and the supply may be down in one place but ample in another, this makes life very difficult for our fishing industry.
The tours are entertaining for both children and adults because they are about real boats, fishing techniques, and fish, and educational because they
include descriptions of the science involved in knowing the characteristics of the various species and where and when they can be found. They also area good source of information about the need for international regulation offishing to ensure a sustainable supply of fish in the future.
For more information call the Chamber of Commerce of Long Beach Island, 1-800-292-6372. Shirley 9/5/99
Your reporter, Shirley Alnutt (e-mail her here) will be interviewing residents, business owners, boat owners, market managers, fish eaters, and regulatory folks to learn more and more about this important but quiet segment of Barnegat Light.
SPECIAL NOTICE...FOR AN INDEPTH VIEW OF COMMERCIAL FISHING IN NEW JERSEY, ONE THAT IS INFORMATIVE AND ENTERTAINING LOOK AT http://www.fishingnj.org. WORTH A VISIT AND THEN SOME!!
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