Pier Host Program

Visit one of Cape Cod’s Famous Fish Piers

Every day of the fishing season, the fish pier at Chatham Harbor is bustling with visitors and residents alike, eager to observe the excitement of a fishing boat returning to port loaded with its catch. You can learn more about which fish they are bringing in as well as the history and future of Cape Cod’s small-boat fishing industry when you take part in the seasonal Pier Host Program.

Hosted by seasoned fishermen, who know these waters well, the Pier Host Program is a chance to get to meet these hard-working locals and hear about their experiences on the water. Learn how Fishermen’s Alliance has been working with fishermen for more than 30 years to create solutions for a balanced ecosystem and profitable fishing communities.It’s a great way to gain an understanding of the Cape’s commercial fishing industry and the importance of protecting this traditional way of life.

2024 Pier Host Schedule

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Pier Hosts will be on the observation deck at the Chatham Fish Pier and ready to chat while boats are unloading fish between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays in summer – check back for updated details.

No Reservation Needed
This is open to all at no cost, and there are no reservations needed.

Getting There

The Chatham Fish Pier is located off Shore Road at 54 Barcliff Avenue Extension. Park in the upper lot and walk down to the pier, following the green pedestrian walkway to the observation deck.

Pier Host Sponsors
The Chatham Fish Pier Host Program is funded by educational grants, business sponsors, and individual donations. We are grateful for support from The Bilezikian Family Foundation, Nauset Marine and Chatham Pier Fish Market. If you would like to make a donation to support our efforts in educating the local community and tourists alike about the Cape’s fishing industry, please visit our online donation page or contact us at 508-945-2432 x107.

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Pier Program Learning Book

Find out what fish and marine life are in our local waters and how you can help protect the environment along with some fun activities.


Interested in a private group tour?

Can’t make it during the Pier Host hours? Tours of the Chatham Fish Pier with one of our Pier Hosts can be scheduled outside of normal times for groups no larger than 6 people. It’s the perfect opportunity for families or a group of friends to learn about the fishing industry and how it ties back to the community. Tours scheduled for a specific time are $100 per hour with a 2 hour minimum. If you are interested in scheduling a time to tour the Chatham Fish Pier, contact us at 508-945-2432 x 100 or [email protected].

Thank You to our Pier Host Sponsors

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