If you spend any time down at the Chatham Fish Pier, or other ports across the Cape, you may see different lobster companies come down to pick up the catch of individual fishermen. In Maine the scene can be quite different. Oftentimes dozens of boats have a relationship with a wharf who they sell to directly, and then fill up on bait and fuel. When Mac’s Seafood bought the Lobster Trap in Bourne they acquired three of these wharves. Check out this gallery to get a glimpse of how they work.
A Day in Photos
Mac’s Seafood and the Lobster Trap have done business together for decades and know many of the same people, have heard many of the same fish stories. Although there is a 20-year age difference, the businesses have grown in similar ways, had similar successes with small-boat commercial fishermen at the core of their successes. Last year, Mac’s bought the Lobster Trap and its properties in Bourne and Maine. Check out this gallery to get a glimpse into Mac Hay and Sam Bradford’s new venture.
As we turn the corner on Thanksgiving — which boasts both turkey and seafood — and race toward Christmas, we want to remind readers that commercial fishing is a year-round enterprise. Just like the ocean is a constant, so are the Cape’s fisheries. This photo gallery of ports in the last months of the year serves as a reminder that the Cape’s Blue Economy is not seasonal.
Zach Fyke is a biological science technician with Northeast Fisheries Science Center as well as a skilled photographer. Along with data gathered on a September research cruise, he also captured many intriguing images of sea life in the Gulf of Maine that he allowed us to share in this gallery.
Back by popular demand. Last month’s Hookers Ball gallery was extremely popular – maybe because you are bound to see people you know, it is Cape Cod afterall. Or it could be that it’s always fun to look back and remember a great time for a great cause. Either way, take a look at this photo gallery by Salty Broad Studios.
Hookers Ball XXII was one for the record books, our most successful ever. The big, white tent was at a different venue, the Harwich Community Center, but the ball’s purpose was the same: to celebrate the local, commercial fishing industry with the wider community and help protect the fleet’s future. The night was full of old friends and new faces, and more than a few fishing families. With direct sales and neighborly connections, ‘know your fisherman’ is alive and well as one captain kept being waved over to the fish fry to explain his sea clam operation. Take a look at this photo gallery by Salty Broad Studios
Since hundreds of thousands of people have flocked to the Chatham Fish Pier to see commercial fishermen unload their catch, many have seen the sights captured in this gallery. But for us, the excitement and bustle of the fish pier never loses its allure.
People used to say that fish smelled like money. They still do, and the pier feels like community. The fish pier represents pride in the past, values of the present, and promise for the future.
The pier is fishermen leaving wages in the ocean to help tow in a fellow captain; a pre-school girl on the deck leaning over and clapping when she sees fish come flying down the chute; thousands of pounds trucked to markets around the nation and shipped around the world.
Provincetown is a fascinating place, with a rich fishing history. We never tire of looking back at photos of the fleet, its characters and learning about how the fishing village helped build a nation.
Our Haddock Chowder and Provencal Fish Stew have had a busy several weeks. The Small Boats, Big Taste program keeps on growing and we have an increasing number of wonderful partners. Take a look through this gallery and see students at Barnstable High School seeking out the the soups at lunch, families at a YMCA fun fair enjoying them, staff at Cape Abilities prepping them for distribution, and state and non-profit representatives celebrating the offerings.