A Day in Photos

Photo Gallery: On the scene at Fishermen Training

Photo Gallery: On the scene at Fishermen Training

Talking to fishing captains across the Cape there is a steady refrain – we need more crew. The Fishermen’s Alliance has been working to introduce people to the profession of commercial fishing for decades and in 2020 launched a fishermen training program. More than a dozen have graduated from the program which focuses on safety, but also covers navigation, knot tying and abbreviated Fisheries 101 that touches on the myriad fisheries the Cape offers.
One of the best parts of the training is learning from the captains and finding out about the various fisheries and what is expected on deck. Check out this first of two photo galleries to see the initial day of training and visit boats at Wychmere and Saquatucket Harbor.

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Photo Gallery: Through the years, shellfishing in Chatham

Photo Gallery: Through the years, shellfishing in Chatham

We share historic and contemporary commercial fishing photography whenever possible, beautiful reminders of how the industry has always been part of our existence, as constant as the tides.
These images are a compilation from noted photographer Christopher LeClaire, who was introduced to the commercial fisheries at the age of four by his grandfather, Hillary. LeClaire’s father, Hillary Jr., also shellfished commercially and Chris got his license in 1983. Although he had taken many photos over the years it wasn’t until 2008 that he concentrated on documenting commercial fisheries off Chatham.
“On a daily basis, my camera made its way to the top of my gear list of equipment that was not to be forgotten: hip boots, rain jacket, steamer rake and now, camera bag with multiple zoom lenses,” LeClaire said.
We are happy to share some of his images, some of which have been published in his book, “Cape Cod Commercial Fisheries, Chatham Massachusetts.” Some of his photos also grace the walls in the barn of our offices on Main Street.

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Photo Gallery:  The art and lore of fish

Photo Gallery: The art and lore of fish

Every year, tens of thousands of people make the trek to ports across the Cape. They sit in hours of traffic, fight for the last parking spot, walk in the heat to lean over railings or walk to the end of piers to see commercial fishing boats come in. They jostle and gawk to see the catch, sometimes wondering what it is and if it will end up on their plates later. Many people have their favorite fish or shellfish, perhaps from catching or digging as a child, the way it tastes, or maybe because it looks like the angler fish in “Saving Nemo.”

Each fish also has a story to tell. Those stories, and the beauty of the fish forms, have been captured by artist Mike Palmer. Dozens of them, and why they matter to the Cape, are part of an exhibit at Barnstable Town Hall that is a partnership between Palmer and the Fishermen’s Alliance. The show is up from April 8 to June 28, with an artist’s reception on April 12. Here’s a sneak peek.

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Photo Gallery:  Rock Harbor re-imagined

Photo Gallery: Rock Harbor re-imagined

The commercial dock at Rock Harbor in Orleans needs reconstruction: three vessels have snagged and sank, ladders that extend from the pier are dangerous, and tight quarters mean the boats have to raft three or four deep. The town is poised to change all that with an upcoming construction project that will be presented to town meeting voters in May. Project planning has been underway for years and permits are in place. A state-funded Seaport Economic Council grant has helped fund the design, and with support from voters, a portion of construction can also receive funding. Check out this gallery to existing conditions on the commercial side of the pier and artist renderings of proposed improvements.

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Photo Gallery:  The Cape’s Downeast connection Part 2

Photo Gallery: The Cape’s Downeast connection Part 2

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.

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Photo Gallery:  The Cape’s Downeast connection

Photo Gallery: The Cape’s Downeast connection

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.  

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Photo Gallery: Ports in the twilight of the year

Photo Gallery: Ports in the twilight of the year

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.

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Photo Gallery: Research cruise finds

Photo Gallery: Research cruise finds

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. 

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Photo Gallery: Hookers Ball XXII redux

Photo Gallery: Hookers Ball XXII redux

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. 

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