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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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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 were back at the Gloucester Marine Railways this week to check out the Schooner Adventure with Restoration Coordinator Geoff Deckebach. Caulking and other repairs and improvements are underway as the restoration of Gloucester’s flagship continues.

Schooner Adventure fished for cod, haddock and halibut in Georges and Browns Banks from the year she was built, 1926, until 1953. Carrying a sailing rig, diesel engine, and 14 dories, Adventure was an exceptionally fast and able vessel, the ultimate evolution of the fishing schooner.  She was a “highliner,” the biggest moneymaker of all time, landing nearly $4 million worth of cod and halibut during her fishing career. When retired in 1953, Schooner Adventure was the last American dory fishing trawler left in the Atlantic.

In 1954, Schooner Adventure was retired from fishing and converted into a windjammer for passenger cruising, removing the engine, propeller, and prop shaft. Adventure carried passengers along the coast of Maine until 1987. Her grace, beauty, and prowess as a sailing vessel earned her the nickname “Queen of the Windjammers.” National Historic Landmark (1988-present)

Captain Jim Sharp donated Adventure in 1988 to the people of Gloucester to be preserved as Gloucester’s historic tall ship and to be used to inform and educate the public about the important role of fishing in American history.

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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.

Nino Cannova and his F/V Christina Eleni in Gloucester Harbor. Nino, originally from Sicily, has been fishing his whole life. He lands multi-species including Cod, Haddock, Monkfish, Skate and Flounder, going out for 2-3 days at a time.

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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.

This week Kathy finishes up her series on the Felicia Oil family business located in Gloucester’s Fort. We see that they have diversified into the home oil business because of the declining fishing industry (John Nicastro’s interview from last week). http://youtu.be/SLqoQtNwmLc

Today John manages the dock and the In/Out board illustrates the past and present. His sons (Paul on the left and Sal on his right) run the home oil business. Paul describes their current situation in the video (last frame).

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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.

This week Kathy continues with part two of the documentary on Felicia Oil’s family business. John Nicastro (son of Sam Nicastro) now manages the fuel dock. The first picture shows him capturing the flag on the greasy pole at Fiesta in 1955. The second is a shot taken in 2009 at the National Marine Fisheries (pictured left to right): John Nicastro, Nick Sanfilippo and Frank Cattone. The next two are photographs of the dock today and a video interview ends this series.

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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.

This is part one of a two or three part series on the family business Felicia Oil, located in Gloucester’s Fort. The first installment focuses on Sam Nicastro, Captain of the Trawler Felicia. He is pictured standing with her in 1948 at Fiesta and onboard landing a mako shark. In the second photo, Sam is in the first row, second from the left, aboard  Captain Joe Ciaramitaro’s boat, the Benjamin C. At that time there were over 200 boats in the Gloucester fleet.

In 1952 Leslie Jones photographed F/V Felicia iced over coming into Boston’s fish pier. Five years later Sam would venture into the fuel business, servicing fishing vessels in Gloucester Harbor.

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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.

This winter has been tough on everyone, but the fishing industry has been particularly hard hit. In this week’s video, storm scenes set the stage for a chat with Steve Connolly Seafood‘s Romeo Solviletti who describes the effects of this stormy and frigid winter on Gloucester’s fleet, processors and customers.

Thanks to GMG’s own weatherman, Peter J. Lovasco, for his report during a 66 mph blast on the back shore.

 

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Photos above and photo in video of State Fish Pier ©Kathy Chapman 2014
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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.

Romeo Solviletti, General Manager for the Gloucester Plant of Connolly Seafoods (http://www.steveconnollyseafood.com) talks about Silver Hake and the return of Cod off the shores of Canada.

Marco Goulart cuts hake fillets fresh from the FV Marue (New Bedford). Hake is a large marine fish usually considered part of the Cod family.


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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.

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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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.

This week we look at Winter Flounder as it is landed by a Whole Foods F/V at Jodrey State Fish Pier (Gloucester Harbor). Dan Sutter (pictured trying to locate the vessel coming into harbor) and Alfred York work the dock unloading Yellowtail and Blackback Flounder. The flatfish were caught thirty miles off Cape Ann on Jeffrey’s Ledge earlier in the day.
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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.

Gloucester’s Intershell International Corporation is in the process of moving their processing plant from The Fort to Blackburn Circle. Monte Rome talks to Marty and Kathy about the state of the fishing industry and his company’s goals. http://www.intershell.biz

 

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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.

This week we have something a little different on our plate.

Gloucester’s fishing industry has many components, most of which we have explored over the past year. We’ve visited fishing vessels, spoken with captains and crew, talked to boat owners, reported on fish processing, preparation and cuisine, described the species that are caught, prepared and served here in Gloucester and touched upon the state of the industry and its future.

Left out of the discussion until now has been the “back office,” the place where orders are placed and filled, fishing activities are tracked, prices are established, records maintained and distribution is begun. The office at Intershell Seafood is not that much different from those of other businesses, but it is the less public aspect of the fishing industry and we thought you would enjoy a glimpse of this vital part of the industry that always ends with a question: “What have you got for sale today?”

Our thanks to Paul Movalli, Yebing Rome, Ruby Xie and Chris Blankenbaker at Intershell for their hospitality and cooperation.

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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.

On Wednesday, Skipper James Wood (on the forklift in the video) and his crew loaded and set up twenty brand new lobster traps aboard Still Kicking at the Intershell  Seafood wharf on Commercial Street. Wood, who lobster fishes year round, was checking the latest weather forecasts before heading out to Jeffrey”s Ledge, a fishing ground that runs northeastward from Cape Ann.

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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.

Jim Santapaola (pictured) owns the old East Gloucester Morse-Sibley Wharf property. He and his son have three fishing boats there as well as another dozen boats of various purposes including a vintage catboat. The warehouse, art studio and office building is for sale.

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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.

Jimmy Santapaola Jr. and his crew of the Amanda Leigh are setting out early this year for monkfish off of New London, CT. Their catch will be sold primarily to the foreign market and presented on tables stuffed whole.

 Monkfish live on the sea floor and can be found about 30 miles offshore this time of year. As the waters warm up in the spring they will go out about 70 miles. The 12″ mesh net used for trapping them will allow the small ground fish to swim through without being caught.

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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.

Halloween on Gloucester Harbor

Grim Reaper’s iron dredge assembly broke loose and tipped over the side of the vessel. During the incoming tide she got caught under the cement dock and took on water. After a few high tides she took on enough water to sink. The distress call for Grim Reaper came into the Coast Guard on Halloween. They said, “you just can’t make these things up!”.
TMC Services Inc. was sub-contracted by the Boston Coast Guard to drain the oil and gasoline tanks and clean up any spillage.

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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.

This week Marty visited with Richard Arnold, the last captain of the gill netter Phyllis A. now undergoing an extensive restoration at Gloucester Marine Railways.

 Phyllis A was built by Richard’s father in Kennebunkport, Maine in 1925. Richard skippered her from 1972 until the boat and he both retired in 2000. The boat is named for Richard’s sister, who, at age 4, helped christen the vessel.

Here, compressed into a few minutes, is the shared story of Phyllis A and Captain Richard Arnold.

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Image of Phyllis A. at Arnold’s Wharf ©Fredrik D Bodin 2013

Thanks to the Phyllis A. Marine Association for the use of their archival photos
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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.

Peter Parisi replaces rotten boards on his recent acquisition of the 42 foot stern trawler Francesca & Carlo at the Gloucester Marine Railways. He plans on launching her next week in search of whiting and herring.

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Photos © Kathy Chapman 2013
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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 continue this week with their interest in shellfish and a look at scallops harvested in waters off Cape Cod and sold at Intershell to local restaurants in Gloucester. Nico from Short and Main demonstrates preparing his Live Scallop Crudo. http://shortandmain.com

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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.

Last night and this morning Kathy and Marty photographed the clam flats in Essex where most of the local clams are caught and then sold at Gloucester’s Intershell  http://intershell.biz/.

The 4 feet below and above normal tides during this full moon was a great situation for the clammers. Because razor clams like the shoreline they were easier to catch in this “minus” tide.

Both whelks and conchs are carnivorous gastropods. They eat horseshoe crabs and are a by-catch of the lobster traps and dredging cages used for surf clams.

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