Eric Hesse has been a cod and haddock fisherman since 1991. He started fishing in college but didn't become a full-time fisherman until after graduate school. He fishes for cod and haddock on his F/V Tenacious II. Eric is very active in trying to find new markets that will deliver better prices for the high quality fish he brings to port. He and three other fishermen signed a deal with Whole Foods Market to buy their hook-caught fish.
"There's no doubt, we need to invest in this fishery. We have real problems here. I targeted groundfish for years, built a business around it. But right now, guys like me don't see a future in the groundfish fishery without support for better science and a commitment to rebuild these stocks. That's not going to happen unless we're prepared to deal with the short-term crisis and make real investments in how we manage fish so that we can have profitable groundfish businesses again."
In the News
"Fishermen saw drastic drop in groundfish quotas coming," Cape Cod Times, February 1, 2013