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.
Kathy and Marty were back at the State Fish Pier this week to take a look at three of the boats that comprise the Gloucester herring fleet.
Western Sea Fishing Co. owns three midwater trawlers — the Challenger and Endeavour, each 149 feet, which trawl as a pair, and the Voyager, 140 feet. The three vessels land their catch with Cape Seafoods, which processes the herring.
The video shows the pair trawlers Challenger and Endeavour leaving Jodrey State Fish Pier going to Georges Bank. It will take 10-16 hours to get there and they will return in 2-4 days, depending on how long it takes to find the herring. They also fish for mackerel in the winter.
There is a NOAA observer/fish counter on the trips (pictured) who counts the number of haddock that will inevitably end up in their nets.
Because of quota restrictions the trawler Voyager is for sale, going price (an approx.) a cool 5 mil. She is a solo trawler able to fish by herself, unlike the other two which drag a net between them.
Photos © Kathy Chapman 2013