Gloucester summit: Huge potential to diversify working waterfront

GLOUCESTER, MA – Nearly 150 people – fishermen, fish processors, maritime scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and others – concerned about the future of Gloucester’s working waterfront gathered at Cruiseport Gloucester on Feb. 7 for the city’s second annual maritime innovation summit.

City Mayor Carolyn Kirk set the tone for the conference, which took place on the eve of an East Coast blizzard and in the wake of announced draconian cuts in the allowable catch of groundfish, the mainstay of Gloucester’s 400-year-old fishing industry.

Susan Pollack photo

From left, David Barrett of Olin College and Iain Kerr, CEO of the Ocean Alliance, display a robot they developed to monitor marine life. The robot was designed to look and swim like a bluefin tuna.


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