The Cornell Cooperative and Suffolk County will survey the business fishing business on Lengthy Island. They’ll suggest methods for fishermen to recuperate from the pandemic-related shut down of eating places and seafood markets throughout the state.
“They work to have the ability to present this meals for the nation. And COVID, simply mainly — in New York, particularly the place 90% of our seafood market is New York Metropolis eating places that had been fully shuttered,” Bonnie Brady, govt director of the Lengthy Island Business Fishing Affiliation, mentioned.
In 2019, Lengthy Island business fishermen landed over 19 million kilos of fish valued at over $27 million. Then, the pandemic lower market costs for fish in half. Business fishing is a greater than $50 million business on Lengthy Island and employs greater than 650 individuals.
Brady additionally mentioned the Biden administration’s enlargement of offshore wind in Lengthy Island and New Jersey waters final month may additional starve the business of centuries-old fishing grounds.
Lengthy Island fishermen can take the survey here.