Title

"Cover Story" piece on hard times in the fishing industry, which have forced man

Authors

Chris Busby

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

5-18-2000

Pages

10-13, 1

Abstract

"Cover Story" piece on hard times in the fishing industry, which have forced many to seek jobs through Maine's controversial Fishing Industry Retraining Project (FIRP). Over 850 fishing industry workers have participated in the retraining project since its inception in 1994. Of those, 67 percent have found jobs in other areas earning an average of $11.27 per hour. The Maine Department of Labor project has received $10 million in funding from the federal Department of Labor. The latest grant, for $3.2 million, is expected to serve 357 dislocated workers and affected family members at seven centers in Maine and one in New Hampshire through June 2002. But fish stocks began rebounding this spring and critics say the money could be better spent training people for jobs in the fishing industry.

Subjects

Fishermen, Fishing Industry Retraining Project, Retraining, Occupational

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