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Thirty six offices in two days, small boat fishermen in D.C.

Thirty six offices in two days, small boat fishermen in D.C.

Bradley Louw, a commercial fisherman for 15 years, was running on four hours of sleep in two days when he landed in Washington, D.C. during the week before the Memorial Day crush.
He had two days of 14 meetings scheduled with legislative offices and had bought a new shirt and tie, tag still on.
“It’s the only knot I don’t know how to tie,” the captain said with a laugh.

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Looking ahead to future fishermen

Looking ahead to future fishermen

Kaycee Gilley graduated from high school in May and knew what she wanted to do, but didn’t know how best to do it.
“I’ve gone fishing with my stepfather sometimes,” Gilley said. “Once I got introduced to gillnetting, I enjoyed it.”
After going through Fishermen’s Training, she has a much better idea how to get into the industry along with the training to succeed on-deck. If the vessel her stepfather crews on doesn’t need help this summer, she now has connections with other captains.

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Meet the Fleet’s flounder foray

Meet the Fleet’s flounder foray

Meet the Fleets are all about demystifying the lives of commercial fishermen and the catch they bring to shore. There is lot of confusion out there.
Aubrey Church, policy director at the Fishermen’s Alliance, offered an example. Years ago, her mother saw lemon sole in the grocery store and wondered if it was lemon-flavored flounder.
“It’s a running joke in my family,” Church said with a laugh.

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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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Olin Kelly’s last laugh

Olin Kelly’s last laugh

Around 1970 I was catching, buying and selling lots of mussels. I had an Interstate Permit to buy and ship shellfish. The market was primarily in NYC. I lived in Chatham. Trucks with Chatham fish departed for NYC every night but Friday and Saturday. I would ship my bags of mussels on the fish trucks to my NYC customers.

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