How foreign private equity hooked New England’s fishing industry

Lax antitrust rules, cost shifting made billionaire Dutch family dominant force in New Bedford port

BEFORE DAWN, Jerry Leeman churned through inky black waters, clutching the wheel of the fishing vessel Harmony. The 85-foot trawler, deep green and speckled with rust, was returning from a grueling fishing trip deep into the Atlantic swells. Leeman and his crew of four had worked 10 consecutive days, 20 hours a day, to haul(...)

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