Point Judith gets out-of-town boost

The port of Point Judith, which has seen a steady reduction in the size of its local fishing fleet since the 1990s, received a much-needed economic boost this year from out-of-town vessels. Hailing from mid-Atlantic ports from Wanchese, N.C., to Cape May, N.J., these vessels began coming in the spring and used the Narragansett port…

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  1. Interesting piece but I find it puzzling that no explanation is offered for the shift in species fishermen are observing. Several prominent studies this year, including in the journals Nature (Cheung et al) and Science (Pinsky et al), have linked the movement of fish along the Atlantic coast to warming waters due to climate change. Last year the Northeast US saw the highest sea surface temperatures on instrument record (going back more than 150 years), an event scientist Andy Pershing at Gulf of Maine Research Inst. called an “ocean heat wave.” And temperature buoys this year indicate another warmer than average year. This dramtic change in our ocean ecosystem has profound implications for our coastal economy. It is a glaring error of omission to not mention climate change in relation to the changes fishermen are seeing with their own eyes.