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Fish on Fridays

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 had a brief but pleasant visit with Peter Mullen, owner of the 165 foot midwater trawler-seiner Western Venture and the 109 foot Osprey.

The boats fish for herring and mackerel, often on Georges Bank, and market their catch locally and in Boston for bait and overseas (Mediterranean countries and Africa) for human consumption.

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Photos ©Kathy Chapman 2014
http://www.kathychapman.com

Photo © Marty Luster 2014
http://www.slicesoflifeimages.wordpress.com

New York City Weekend with My Family

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Our daughter Liv planned a fabulously fun and wonderful weekend in New York City and Brooklyn to celebrate her brother Alex’s 21st birthday.  The weekend ended with an afternoon matinee of “Chicago.” I only took a few iPhone snapshots as it rained nearly constantly, but here’s a little Vine from the gorgeous Ambassador Theatre on Broadway.

View from the Wythe HotelView from the Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn

 

 

Phyllis A doing things right!

Mary Barker Submits-

Hi Joey,

What a difference a day(or in this case a week) makes.  These photos of the Phyllis A were taken 6 days apart.   The snow storm was March 5, the lovely sunny day March 11.

The board of directors meeting was March 15.   Now I have to say, this is a group of people who know how to have a meeting!  Gloria Parsons greeted us in the morning with 

fresh home made cinnamon rolls and fruit, and of course coffee and tea.   Then for lunch Gloria made some wonderful homemade stews, salad, and to die for homemade cream puffs!   

Gloria is a seriously good cook!  I think I’m going to gain a bit of weight on this board.  

Among the topics for the board meeting was planning for public events to be held in April.  Events will be posted soon.  I know many of the Phyllis A events feature

Gloria’s cooking – well worth the trip if just for that!

Mary Barker

Another Local Lobster Trap Tag Shows Up On Perranporth Beach Cornwall England!

Dear Joe,

I wrote to you in November 2012 about a fishing tag from the Net Profit, from when it was owned by the late Joe Ciaramitaro.

Last Thursday I found a tag from F/V Endeavour. When I looked it up on Google it looks as though it comes from your area, so I thought that you might be interested. I don’t find many of the rectangular tags, all the ones that I have found are mounted on a board on my garage wall. I thought that you might know some of their owners or where they come from.

As you will see from the photo we do find quite a lot of lobster trap tags. Here in Perranporth  Cornwall most of the them are from Newfoundland and Labrador. We have had a lot of storms this winter & unusually high tides for the last three months. This has resulted in large quantities of plastic being washed up – some from across the Atlantic & a lot from more local places.

Best Wishes,

Chris Easton

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Here’s the post from November 9, 2012-

Joe Ciaramitaro Lobster Trap Tag Found on Cornwall Beach in The UK

Posted on November 9, 2012 by Joey C

Chris Easton writes- Dear Joey, Earlier this year I found a fishing tag which I think may be yours. It reads F/V NET PROFIT 7918 JOE CIARAMITARO along the bottom. I enjoy walking along the strand line on my local … Continue reading →

Fish on Fridays

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.

Ed Wayman (pictured) mans the fuel station at the Gloucester Marine Railways as Captain Christian and crew top off their lobster boat,Catherine M.

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 Photos © Kathy Chapman 2014
http://www.kathychapman.com

Photo© Marty Luster 2014
http://www.slicesoflifeimages.wordpress.com
http://www.matchedpairs.wordpress.com
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BG Brown Summed Up What Was Going To Happen In The Fishing Industry In Gloucester 4 Years Ago

This was filmed in 2010 and it’s only gotten worse. What he predicted back in 2010 is about 10 times worse 4 years later.
As I type this a fisherman just left my office. He is 52 years old and has fished his whole life. He is a stern man meaning he has no stake in what the owner of the boat may receive when he sells out his commercial fishing permits. He has only seen it get worse and worse and was telling me he has absolutely no idea what he could do for a living since all he knows is fishing.  It’s sad and it is despicable what they did when they instituted Catch Shares and privatized the ocean and fish. Before Catch Shares there were hundreds of small boats with stern men who could go out and catch 800 lbs of cod under the “Days at Sea” program. They could fish every day and because there was an 800 pound limit there were no 20-40,000 lb trips of fish on the auction to decimate the price. What was on the Fish Auction for fish was made up of lots of small boats 800 lb trips of quality day boat fish.  So you had hundreds of boats with hundreds of captains and hundreds more of stern men making a good living while barely impacting the fish stocks. Boats were being repaired, boats were buying fuel, families were being fed.  Now we have probably 80% less.
Just years later the hyper-consolidation of Catch Shares which we all knew was the inevitable result when you privatize a natural resource has decimated our fleet and the number of fishermen left standing while they most have either sold out or are trying to.

Back in 2009 I started to collect the stories and add them to a thread on Cape Ann Online as sort of a journal and record for those who might have said they didn’t see this coming. There are three pages of articles from fishermen and about how it was and has decimated our working port and independent fishermen.

Click here for the list of articles (3 pages worth)

Check Out Our Wicked Tuna Guys On Times Square Bill Boards!!!

You Know When They Said If You Make It In New York City You’ve Officially Hit The Big Time?

Congratulations To Dave, Dave, and The Rest Of The Guys.  Way To Represent!!!

Here’s to hoping for continued success for you guys!

You can buy Wicked Tuna swag from the Captains themselves on their websites-

http://fvhardmerchandise.com/

http://www.davecarraro.com/

 

Wicked Tuna @ Times Square NYC

Restaurants In Cape Cod Serving Icelandic Cod 3.1.2014

Restaurants In Cape Cod Serving Icelandic Cod
3.1.2014
Words by Nanna Árnadóttir

Due to fishing restrictions in New England, restaurants in Cape Cod have stopped serving local cod in favour of Icelandic cod.
Cod once sustained New England’s fishing industry, but in recent years, regulators have imposed severe catch limits on cod, and the fish remain scarce,
NPR reports.

For the entire story at the source click here

Thank you to rishays for submitting the link

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