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. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/department/seafood
These guys originally from The Dominican Republic, Thailand and Vietnam now live in Salem, Lynn and Lawrence and commute to Gloucester to cut fish. At one time if you were from Gloucester you knew dozens of local fishcutters. Now I know of only a handful and I’m IN the industry.
Some people that have no idea how the fishing industry has changed will say that we need more fish plant jobs for local people but they don’t even realize that those jobs aren’t going to local people, they are going to hard working workers from other towns and countries.
Thats if you could even afford to process fish with local water and sewer rates among the highest in the nation for an industry that intensively uses water.
Some will say that we need wastewater pre-treatment so that there can be more fish processing in Gloucester. We already have some of the highest water and sewer rates in the nation, and we don’t have local people working in the few fish processing jobs that are left around town but these people are calling for another wastewater pre-treatment facility. -Bananaheads!
Park your car at Saint Peter’s Parking lot at 6:00AM and watch the bus loads of hard working Cambodians, Thai, and Vietnamese that file out of the white buses to work at the few places around town that still process fish.
Here’s a hint- they aren’t from here. Not that there is anything at all wrong with hiring these hard working folks. They are honest, hard working and show up.
We used to hire great Honduran help when we still had employees. They were the best workers we ever had.
The point is that when people try to say that we have to have the whole harbor saved for fish processing as if it’s ever going to be one tenth of what it was in the boom times, those few jobs wouldn’t be filled with Gloucester folks, it will just be more buses from Lynn, Salem and Lawrence. God Bless Em.