On Friday, Rep. Joe Kennedy III visited the Port of New Bedford to address the policy issues that were most pressing to the SouthCoast community. Afterward, he spoke with residents of the city to get feedback on how his recently unveiled Jobs and Justice Initiative could help gateway fishing communities such as ours.

Kennedy, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, also broke news when he announced his support for the relocation of the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center from Woods Hole to New Bedford.

Afterward, I was able to speak briefly with Rep. Kennedy on his continued work in Congress on SouthCoast economic development through projects like the Blue Economy. I recapped Kennedy's visit to New Bedford and our conversation in my most recent piece for WBSM.

Saturday, while I was filling in on The Ken Pittman Show, I was joined by Rep. Kennedy on-air as we continued our discussion on New Bedford and the SouthCoast – specifically, the impact COVID-19 has had on the local fishing industry, the path towards recovery, and how a Senator Kennedy would continue his commitment to the region.

You can listen to the entire commercial-free interview here:

Marcus Ferro is an attorney practicing in New Bedford and a weekly contributor to The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM. Contact him at marcusferrolaw@gmail.com. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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