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USA - Commercial fishing industry on the ropes as pandemic-era shoppers avoid seafood

Fisherman Marty Scanlon has not returned to his Long Island home since leaving for North Carolina at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in New York.

Scanlon, a longliner captain from Hauppauge left for North Carolina in early March — roughly the same time the first case of Covid-19 emerged in Manhattan. In the weeks that followed, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered most businesses to close, effective March 22, casting a pall over New York City restaurants in a once-bustling culinary capital.

Business for Scanlon has been brutal ever since.

“We basically don’t have the money to go home,” Scanlon said, over the phone. “We can’t go home til we pay our bills.”

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