James Knott, CEO, Riverdale Mills

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.

Riverdale Mills (Northbridge, MA USA) revolutionized the lobster fishing industry when the company created Aquamesh, a first of its kind marine-grade welded wire mesh fabric designed specifically to create a more sturdy, weather and corrosion resistant lobster trap for New England lobstermen. Today, over 80% of all U.S. built lobster traps are built with Aquamesh, and crab fishermen worldwide build crab pots with Aquamesh to enhance the durability of their pots.

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