After a record run of squid, local fishermen warily eye competition, regulatory challenges

FRESH CATCH: Off Nantucket, the Point Judith boat Lena Pearl's squid net comes up the stern as deckhand Chris Gillis hustles to "trip it open" and get the net back in the water quickly. / PBN PHOTO/JOHN LEE
FRESH CATCH: Off Nantucket, the Point Judith boat Lena Pearl's squid net comes up the stern as deckhand Chris Gillis hustles to "trip it open" and get the net back in the water quickly. / PBN PHOTO/JOHN LEE
It was the best single run of longfin squid anyone on the East Coast had ever seen – and it happened fast and was over fast. In two months last summer, June and July, the East Coast-based squid fleet landed approximately 14 million pounds, with Rhode Island landing more than 50 percent of that quota,…

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