John Tuttle has been fishing out of Chatham for 34 years. In the early days, he ran a scallop boat. Then, he started jigging for cod. As cod became harder to catch, he switched to other gears. He spent summers gillnetting for groundfish like cod, pollock and haddock and winters longlining for cod. When the cod declined, he began longlining for dogfish. His boat is the F/V Cuda, and his wife Nancy often comes along in the summer to help bring in the dogfish.
"There are so many dogfish out there that they're stopping the groundfish like cod from coming back. If we want groundfish to rebuild, we're going to have to harvest more dogfish. The future of the fishery depends on it."