The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.
This is a somber week on the waterfront. There was no last minute reprieve from the quota cutbacks that took effect on May 1, which, when combined with the catch share management system, has put many small Gloucester fishermen on the brink of extinction.
Naz Sanfilippo, owner of f/v Cat Eyes, has been fishing for 47 years, since he was 8 years old. Naz tells us it looks like that is all over. The cod cutbacks are so stringent, he says, he can exhaust his entire quota in one haul.