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The fishing industry was impacted greatly by the global pandemic due to disruptions in export markets, the loss of restaurant sales, decline in seafood prices. No strangers to challenges, fishermen pivoted to weather the storm head on. Most who curtailed their fishing during the early months of the pandemic have resumed fishing instead of leaving the industry.

As the Earth’s temperature rises, parts of Boston will be confronted with higher tides that will flood the city’s streets, while reaching new watery heights in low-lying areas like parts of South Boston. To help people understand what’s happening, artist and University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Carolina Aragón wants to interpret climate change in a more nuanced way, informing the public about the impending realities of a warmer planet.

Fishermen's Voice

Aquamesh® Inventors Celebrate 40 Years in Business

By Mike Crowe - May 2020

The history of Riverdale Mills is a story of passion and perseverance. As the company opened its doors for the first time, U.S. manufacturing had yet to recover from two recessions and many doubted the future of the sector.

Commercial Fisheries News

Riverdale Mills Celebrates 40 Years in Business

By Rick Martin - May 2020

NORTHBRIDGE, MA – The history of Riverdale Mills is a story much akin to the legacy of Maine fishermen: one of passion and perseverance, the company said, in announcing its 40th anniversary.

The Skipper

Aquamesh Inventors Celebrate 40 years in Business

By The Skipper Staff Writer - May 2020

Riverdale Mills was founded in 1980, when manufacturing in the U.S. had yet to recover from two recessions, and many doubted the future of the industry. The Knott family believed otherwise. They transformed the lobster fishing industry with the invention of Aquamesh®, a first-of-its-kind, marine wire mesh designed to withstand the harsh ocean environment.

Industry Week: 50th Anniversary Special Edition

Consider the Lobster Trap

By Laura Putre

For IndustryWeek’s 50th anniversary issue, thinkers and doers shared their prophecies for manufacturing’s next 50 years. They had big predictions about where tech will take us, how work will change, and how what matters today might be very different in 2070.

Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association Newsletter

Riverdale Mills Celebrating 40 years of Excellence

By Beth Casoni - June 2019

Riverdale Mills Corporation will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2020. Earlier this year Beth Casoni sat down with Riverdale CEO Jim Knott, Jr. to discuss the challenges that lie ahead, the lessons he has learned, and the importance of his father’s legacy.

Fish Focus UK

Environmentally Friendly Shellfish Catching and Farming

By Fish Focus Aquaculture Staff Writer - June 11, 2019

A leading supplier of specialised wire mesh products for fishing and aquaculture reinforce their innovative products for marine applications.

Like most business sectors across the globe, the fishing industry is embracing low-impact and sustainable practices. As a result, shellfish farming of oysters, scallops and mussels has emerged as a significant aquaculture business on the coasts of many countries. This trend has encompassed Scotland and is being fueled in part by Aquamesh®, the most trusted wire mesh invented in New England.

Portland Monthly Magazine

From Wire to Wine

By Ralph Hersom - October 2018

Before Mr. Knott developed the idea of a wire lobster trap in 1957, lobstermen were using wooden traps—ones they often spent time repairing. In a 2014 interview with the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Knott says he invented a model “made out of welded wire mesh which is galvanized to protect it from the coating getting scraped off, and it’s plastic coated to prevent the Atlantic Ocean from attacking the steel.” But not everyone believed in this Harvard-educated economist’s vision. “A lot of people laughed. They said, ‘You’re never going to catch a lobster in a wire trap,’ because they’d been using wood for hundreds of years.”

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