Hang Together

Upon seeing this I thought of Benjamin Franklin’s dry observation at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”  

You see, this is the motto of the groundfishermen of Port Clyde, “The Boys,” who are looking at long odds as they struggle to maintain their livelihoods in the face of diverse and overwhelming pressures.

These fishermen and their families know that it is only by working collaboratively within their own fleet, as well as by embracing external partnerships, that they have a fighting chance. Elsewhere, traditional fisheries have been decimated, taking with them the cultures and communities founded upon the once-great resources of the seas.

Will the men over in Port Clyde be successful? Only time will tell…but these are smart, hard-working and dedicated people and By God, they are hanging together...for dear life.

Hang Together
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Meredith Ralston