Jones Act Attorneys Represent New Hampshire Fishermen, Maritime Workers

New Hampshire is located in the New England region of the United States. The Granite State is the fifth-smallest state in the country and its 18-mile long shoreline is the smallest of all coastal states. The New Hampshire State Port Authority oversees the Port of New Hampshire in Portsmouth. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there was 12,314,743 pounds of all species of fish caught in New Hampshire in 2011. This included over 3.9 million pounds of lobster, more than 1.7 million pounds of Pollock (or Boston bluefish), almost 1.65 million pounds of spiny dogfish, over 1.5 million pounds of Atlantic herring, nearly 1.3 million pounds of Atlantic cod and almost 1.2 million pounds of shrimp.

Last year, NPR reported that the set poundage of fish New England fishermen were allowed to catch based on their take over a 10-year span prompted New Hampshire fishermen to argue that the change “made the cost of working outpace profits, forced many small boats out of business, and discouraged new people from entering the industry.” According to NPR, the US Census Bureau reported only 0.2 percent of Portsmouth residents worked in the “Farming, fishing and forestry occupations” category a decade after reporting 0.6 percent in 2000. However, the Associated Press reported earlier this month that commercial fishermen were being allowed to catch smaller cod, haddock and other groundfish in New Hampshire coastal waters. Those new rules, which went into effect on July 1, will be in place for 180 days and are designed to complement similar federal rules that also went into effect in federal waters.

Transportation and Education

New Hampshire hosts 25 public airports, the busiest of which are the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and Londonderry. The New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority is also developing commuter rails in the state, which operates eleven public transit authorities around the state, including tourist railroads like the Conway Scenic Railroad and Mount Washington Cog Railway. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation offers ride-sharing match services and guaranteed ride home programs.

Portsmouth is home to the first public high schools in the state, the Boy’s and Girl’s High Schools of Portsmouth, founded in 1827. With more than 80 public high schools and 30 private schools, New Hampshire has a large focus on education, tying with Massachusetts in 2008 forhaving the highest scores on the SAT and ACT tests given to high school students. New Hampshire is also the home to accredited higher education universities including Dartmouth College, Southern New Hampshire University and Daniel Webster College.

Your New Hampshire Maritime Trial Lawyers

Latti & Anderson LLP has been representing commercial fishermeninjured seamen and residents in New Hampshire and throughout New England for more than 50 years. The multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements we have obtained for our clients include a $2.3 million settlement for a man who became a quadriplegic because of an accident in New Hampshire. If you or your loved one sustained serious injuries in an accident on the water, contact our firm at (800) 392-6072 to set up a free consultation or enter your information in the form on this page to let our Jones Act attorneys review your case.

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