WGBH Radio is partnering with WCAI to focus on the future of New England's fishing industry in our series The Long Haul.
Marine debris is a big issue for fishermen - for environmental, monetary and practical reasons. Things like lost lobster pots, spools of microfilament and lengths of rope are almost all plastics - bad for the ecosystem and its fish.
With fewer fish and more regulations, you'd think it couldn't get much tougher for fishermen. But now they're also facing growing competition- not from other fishermen- but from federally protected seals.