Boatbuilding is subject of Long Island exhibition

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.


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