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One Perrin Wharf permit issued so far for offloading seafood

Fees established to maintain the refurbished Perrin Wharf have not been well received so far.

As of July 10, only one permit had been sold for offloading seafood at the wharf, said Harrison Bresee, regional economic planner for the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission. But a few watermen have indicated they plan to pay the $25 per calendar year fee to unload their catches at Perrin Wharf, he said.

The lone fee received by last Thursday was from Crabs Express in Gloucester, which Bresee said regularly sends a truck to Perrin Wharf to meet watermen as they come in with their catch.

John Bonniville of Perrin, who has worked local waters for many years, said he plans to fill out a form and pay the yearly fee. Bonniville, taking a break from offloading bushels of crabs last week, said he thinks that the $25 fee is a very fair price.

When told by Bresee that the fee goes to maintain Perrin Wharf, Bonniville said he hopes that a number of local watermen will pay the fee and help ...

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