Nick Muto is one of the youngest captains in the Chatham fleet. He started fishing with lobster traps and weirs in 2001 with Orleans fisherman Kurt Martin. He then crewed on two local gillnet vessels fishing for cod and haddock for six years before returning to lobstering again. In 2009, Nick used Cape Cod Fisheries Trust expertise to secure financing to buy his own lobster boat and permit. He now fishes for lobster as captain of his F/V Lost. Nick is trying out some creative business ideas—a clambake company and a trap share leasing program he thinks will bring folks closer to the lobsters they are eating.
"In 2001, I began working with one of the best cod fishermen in Chatham. But starting about six or seven years ago, we just weren't finding cod like we used to. When it came time for me to go into business for myself, I decided not to invest in the cod fishery. I started a lobster fishing business, and now I supplement that with a new lobster and clambake company I started called Backside Bakes.
In the News
"Meet the fisherman: Nick Muto," The Cape Codder, May 18, 2012