Members of the Island commercial fishing industry were on hand to express concern over a bill currently at the state house which would put harsher regulations on commercial fishing of striped bass.

Buddy Vanderhoop, a longtime Island fisherman who said he makes 100 per cent of his income from the trade, said commercial fishing has nothing to do with a dip in striped bass stocks, something he blamed instead on off-shore trawlers.

Lawmakers Confirm Cuts in Local Aid – 1/23/09 – Vineyard Gazette Online

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