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Interviewee: Linda McCann

Role: Wife of a Commercial Fishing Captain

Date of Interview: 9/21/12

Collection: Sector Management in New England

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Abstract: Linda McCann, 54, is currently the Sector Manager for Sectors 7 and 8 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Her husband is a commercial fisherman out of New Bedford. He owns two boats, which he captains and fishes with his three sons. Mrs. McCann has a finance background that helped her secure her current position and allows her to manage the family fishing business. She takes pride in working hard for the fishing industry and assisting her sector members in navigating fisheries management and maintaining viable businesses. She works closely with the Northeast Seafood Coalition, other Sector Managers, and the Northeast Sector Support Network to stay informed and do the best job possible for her members. Mrs. McCann feels sectors have been tough on fishermen, particularly her members who are some of the oldest in the fleet. Some of these negative effects relate to low prices for leased fish, and external forces like high fuel and vessel maintenance costs, coupled with the high price to be in a sector, including membership fees and leasing costs.

Transcript:

Everybody's getting hurt in this disaster, that's exactly what it is, it's a fishing disaster. I don't know how it got to this point, but it's becoming, you know, what do you do? I mean even if you tie your boat up and lease your quota out, you're not going to make a lot of money. A lot of these guys don't make a lot of money leasing their quotas out. I do have a few scallopers in my sector that have a groundfish quota, now it's two separate fisheries so they can't, you know, use it on their scallop, when they scallop, but they can lease it out. And they don't make, right now, this year members are putting up their entire allocations, and nobody is bidding. They want…, if they're going for certain species that's what they want. They don't want to buy the whole allocation, they don't need the whole allocation, they just need a couple of things. And the members are saying, nope, not going to let it go unless you buy the whole thing. So they're not selling and these guys aren't buying.

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