From: Shore News TodayWritten by Ann Richardson Monday, 30 August 2010
More than two dozen strong, they blasted their air horns as they entered the harbor in Martha’s Vineyard last Thursday. The flotilla, a mix of recreational and commercial fishermen from coastal communities across the Northeast, was in Massachusetts to protest restrictions on fishing imposed by President Barack Obama through executive order that they say creates needless layers of bureaucracy while threatening their livelihood.
Leading the parade was Jim Hutchinson, managing director of the New Jersey Recreational Fishing Alliance, in a 45-foot trawler with the NJRFA flag atop the wheel house. Another, the Gadsden flag, delivered the message: “Don’t tread on me.”