Jamie Eldredge has been fishing out of Chatham for close to 30 years and gives new meaning to the word resilient. He started out hook fishing for cod, and when the fish moved out of the traditional in-shore fishing grounds, he bought a bigger boat, the 42-foot F/V Yellowbird. When cod became too scarce to make a living, he made a new investment and bought the permit and gear to go conching. He works with his son Jeffrey in Nantucket Sound, and although it is hard work, he enjoys being close to shore and having dinner at home with his wife Carolyn, in the evenings.
"New rules were being proposed for the conch fishery—and while we all agreed that better management was needed, we wanted better science and more data to inform the decision-making. With the Fishermen Alliance's help, we got together and asked the Mass. fisheries department to expand conch research before implementing new regulations. The Alliance helps us make our voices heard."
In the News
"SIMPLY DELICIOUS: What to do with whelk," The Cape Codder, April 26, 2013