We are lucky to have many different ports with varied personalities on Cape Cod; they all add to the economy, culture and beauty of the peninsula. The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, partnering with UMass Urban Harbors Institute and us, will soon publish a report that profiles every port in the state, highlighting commercial value. The images in this gallery are picturesque, but also a reminder that ports face challenges and threats from a variety of factors and need to be protected as well as appreciated.
Rock Harbor in Orleans isn’t only known for its sunsets and clam trees.
Thousands of people descend on the fish pier in Chatham every year to watch the commercial fishing boats unload, it help drives the economy across the Cape.
There are many day boats on the Cape, but there are also larger boats that go out for several days at a time, such as the F/V Virginia Marie of Sandwich.
Boats, such as the F/V Tropical, docked at Woods Hole here, seen in Sandwich later, depend on several ports to run their businesses.
Ports on the Cape took on new roles this year as the pandemic prompted fishermen to sell direct from the dock, Ryder’s Cove is one of those ports.
Towns on the Cape are lucky enough to have more than one port, including Harwich. This picture is of Saquatucket.
Sesuit Harbor in Dennis looks empty in the winter, except for the commercial fishing boats.
Wellfleet is known worldwide for its aquaculture, but it also has a commercial fleet.
Ports of the Cape are beautiful in all seasons and at all times of day, Provincetown is a case in point.