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Stonington — As the crew of the Jenna Lynn II offloaded its catch earlier this month at the Town Dock, Eddie Gambardella watched as six of his employees quickly filled about 30 boxes with ice and 60 pounds each of fluke, scup, ling, sea bass, squid and other species that slid down a sorting table.

The owner of Gambardella Wholesale Fish Dealers already had orders for the catch from his customers, mostly wholesalers in New York City. Now it was a race to get the fish onto a truck and drive it to New York.

“It’s all about getting it out as fresh as we can, so we can get the best price for it,” Gambardella said.

High prices from his customers are not just good for him, but the fishermen.

Gambardella recorded the amount and type of fish, such as jumbo fluke, on a notepad. Workers used red marker to identify what was inside each box, using abbreviations such as MS for medium scup. They placed the shrink-wrapped boxes on…

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