Fishing industry rides out more regulatory, environmental gales in 2018

The fishing year began with a changing of the guard at the helm of the regional headquarters of NOAA Fisheries and ended with a federal government shutdown that halted many of the agency's administrative tasks.

In between, the local and regional commercial fishing industries were buffeted by the same regulatory and environmental gales that have come to define the current fishing crisis and the livelihood of those harvesting seafood from the oceans.

And this being Gloucester, there was — as always — something of the offbeat worth recalling.

So, here in no particular order are some of our most compelling stories from 2018 that chronicled the activity within the fishery and along Gloucester's historic waterfront.

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