Even without a pandemic, commercial fishing is a challenging industry.

There are natural disasters and adverse conditions, overfished areas and the list goes on. With the pandemics, the industry suffered on Long Island as restaurants all but shut down, wiping away an important client base for commercial fishing.

As the economy continues to reopen,  Suffolk County  has launched a survey aimed at developing a real-time snapshot of the Long Island commercial fishing industry, which officials say has been “especially hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a press release from the county.

The survey is available here.

The survey was developed with Suffolk’s Department of Economic Development and Planning, New York Sea Grant, Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program, and the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association.

“Long Island’s heritage is tied directly to our fishing and aquaculture…

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