Friday, September 18, 2009
By Patricia Willens : Editor, WNYC News
There’s only one port along the coast of New Jersey dedicated entirely to commercial fishing. Belford, located at the mouth of New York Harbor, has sweeping views of Brooklyn, the Verrazano Bridge and south to Sandy Hook and the ocean. But the buckling bulkhead and listing net house recall better times decades ago. The fishermen who’ve harvested these waters for generations are being squeezed – literally – by condos and high-speed ferry service for commuters. And they’re looking for ways to keep their businesses afloat for themselves, and their children.