N.J.’s fishing industry has taken a beating from coronavirus. Will easing of restrictions save it?

Dale Parsons is a fifth-generation clammer whose family has owned Parsons Seafood in Tuckerton since 1909. He’s quick to tell you, proudly, that his facility in Little Egg Harbor has both an oyster shell recycling program andthe only restored living oyster reef in New Jersey.

These days, however, things at Parsons Seafood are tight. The coronavirus pandemic, and the wave of restrictions put in place to slow the disease, has pushed his business down about 40%, Parsons said.

That big hit is driven by the loss of restaurant demand — no one eating at restaurants means no one is ordering fish.“We’re d…

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Posted: May 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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