Maine fishermen banking on renovation of the Portland Fish Exchange
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] By Patrick Whittle - November 17, 2014 -
Fishermen around the state are hoping a million-dollar investment in the Portland Fish Exchange can breathe new life into one of the nerve centers of the state’s fishing industry.
The 28-year-old fish exchange, located on Portland’s waterfront, is critical to the state’s groundfish industry because it is Maine’s only live seafood auction, hosting sales of cod, flounder and pollock five times per week. The city-owned facility frequently houses ten tons of fish in a day and attracts local buyers and those from New York and Boston.
But the volume has dipped in recent years as New England’s groundfish industry has struggled.
City officials and the facility’s manager hope to revitalize the facility with a round of improvements that are starting this month with its roof, which is about 25 years old. The money is part of a $100 million state bond approved by voters last year...
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