Chatham fisherman Leo Maher worked many years fishing for cod and haddock, as well as striped bass. Like most other fishermen, he depends on various fisheries to make a living. Catching dogfish has become a critical part of Leo's livelihood, and he regularly loads his 24' skiff to its limit. During the striped bass season, his son Hunter serves as his first mate. Hunter will be a freshman at Bentley University and will help fund his college education with income earned from commercial fishing. Leo also has a daughter, Chelsea, and lives in Chatham with his wife Tracy.
"The future of small-boat commercial fisheries is critical to Cape Cod and the many fishing families that make up its economy. The need to preserve the Cape's fishing heritage for future generations is our responsibility. "
In the News
"SIMPLY DELICIOUS: Striped bass!," The Cape Codder, June 23, 2013