Boatbuilding is subject of Long Island exhibition

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Regulations on the fishing industry are doing more than affecting the fishermen; they also contribute to fewer boats being built and sold.

An exhibition, “From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island and Westchester,” seeks to bring attention to boatbuilding, according to The New York Times.

“The commercial fishermen who are going by the wayside no longer need new boats,” Nancy Solomon told the Times. Solomon is the founder and executive director of Long Island Traditions, a non-profit group working to preserve Long Island’s traditional culture. “You’re not allowed to catch as much, so why are you going to spend all this money putting it into a boat if you’re not going to be able to keep what you catch?”

The exhibition, which runs from July 1 to Sept. 2 at the Port Jefferson Village Center, was developed in collaboration with ArtsWestchester, a White Plains, N.Y., group that presented a version of the show earlier this year.

The current show is larger, Solomon said, and the focus has shifted to Long Island. It now includes information on the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which pummeled Long Island last fall and delivered yet another blow to a struggling industry.


2 comments on “Boatbuilding is subject of Long Island exhibition

  1. Lobster

    With all the damage my boat and gear had sustained between Irene,Sandy and multiple Nor’easters over the last 3 years, and the drop in overall catch, along with the seemingly endless added restrictions we fishers have to live with, financially speaking, there is no reason to bounce back. Buy a new boat? Ha ! Personally, I’m done with commercial fishing. Go to the exhibition, why? I’ve already lived it.

  2. Nancy Solomon

    I completely agree with the plight expressed by Lobster and hope that the exhibit will educate those not familiar with the current situation for commercial fishermen. We are also concerned with the plight of fishing boat builders and their boatyards, an equally important part of this industry.

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