Topics: Commercial fishing and shellfishing

Eastham Withdraws From Nauset Estuary Dredging Plan

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS -- If Orleans plans to continue to pursue permitting to dredge out the Nauset Estuary, it will have to do it without Eastham's support. The Eastham Select Board voted 5-0 Monday to withdraw from a memorandum of understanding between the town and Orleans guiding how the project would unfold. The vote came during a joint meeting between the select boards in both towns at the Eastham Public Library. Pl...

CHATHAM – Fishermen are being given a reprieve on removal of gear from a storage area on the grounds of Chatham Airport, and town officials are examining an alternative location where fishing equipment could be stored. The airport commission was amenable to a delay in the Nov. 19 deadline for removal of items from the area, where just under a dozen fishermen store gear. The exact duration of the delay will be ...

More Research Needed On Seal-Fishermen Interactions

By: Doreen Leggett

In Sweden, fishermen, regulators, and environmental organizations work with government funding dedicated to developing fishing gear that is safe for seals. In the United States, that doesn’t happen. There is a section of the Marine Mammal Protection Act that provides fishermen with the opportunity to deter seals, but to avoid penalties they are supposed to abide by a list of recommendations produced by National M...

Selectmen Reject One Scallop Farm, Approve Another

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The need for navigational safety outweighs the need for a new aquaculture operation in Nantucket Sound waters. That was the word from the board of selectmen, which rejected one request to locate a bay scallop farm in Nantucket Sound, while approving another request to grow scallops in the Herring River. Mark Kelleher of Kelpeher Farms has permission to grow kelp on two, 250-foot long lines offshore i...

Launched amid a crisis, the haddock chowder program developed by Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance is now being celebrated at the highest levels of the federal government and used as a national model. “There are all kinds of statistics to show how successful this program has been: Almost 300,000 pounds of haddock chowder distributed to food banks across New England and beyond. More than 200,000 pounds o...

Chatham Tops Cape In Value Of Fish Landings

By: Doreen Leggett

Chatham is the third most lucrative port in the state and first on the Cape, with close to $19 million paid to fishermen in 2018. Captain Greg Connors says the success is partly a testament to the versatility of the fleet, which harvests lobster, scallops, and when groundfish like cod are less abundant, fills the gap with skates and dogfish. “Geographically we are very fortunate,” Connors, captain of the F/...

Of the top 29 fishing communities in the Northeast facing gentrification stress, Chatham is ranked third. Research undertaken by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) collated a host of indices including retiree migration and housing disruption into a story map, also highlighting voices of fishermen.  “A story map puts it into context and can help raise awareness of issues that have bee...

Close to 15 years ago, after researcher Owen Nichols’ first season working with a fishing family, he came up with what he thought was an impressive chart that drew direct connections between wind direction, water temperature and the presence of squid. He remembers being excited it to share it with Ernie Eldredge of Chatham Fish Weirs Enterprises, whose fish weirs he was using to study squid. Eldredge looked at...

HARWICH — The conservation commission approved the addition of bay scallops to the Kelpeher Farms kelp-growing operation in Nantucket Sound. “We’re petitioning to use the kelp line for propagation of bay scallops,” Mark Kelleher told the commission last Wednesday. Kelleher and his business partner Paul Wittenstein have been growing kelp on a 250-foot line eight-tenths of a mile off Pleasant Street Beach in ...

CHATHAM – Local fishermen congregated at the back of a white van parked at the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance building and peered inside. Their view offered a glimpse of the new gear they will be mandated to use as a part of a suite of measures implemented by the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Commission to comply with a judge’s order to reduce entanglements of endangered right whales. Dozens of l...

AmeriCorps Lends A Helping Hand Clearing Herring River

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — In the next week or so, herring will begin to make their way up coastal rivers to headwater ponds to spawn. AmeriCorps members and local volunteers have been busy making those river passages a little easier. Over the past two weeks, Natural Resources Director Heinz Proft has been working with local volunteers and the Barnstable County AmeriCorps crew to clear out the Herring River and Red River leadi...

Waterways Committee Sinks Bay Scallop Experiment

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The waterways committee voted to deny an experimental bay scallop project proposed for an area eight-tenths of a mile off Pleasant Street Beach in Nantucket Sound. The committee’s decision came after Harbormaster John Rendon expressed concerns for potential navigational conflicts with boaters during the summer. The site has already been approved for growing kelp, but the lines required are removed ea...

Grant Program Provides Local Oysters To Food Pantries

By: Debra Lawless

A program using grant money to purchase large oysters from local oyster farmers and pay to have the oysters shucked, packaged and frozen and donated to food pantries is helping everyone along the line – from the farmers to food-insecure people. “This program not only provides much-needed relief to our local oyster farming industry, it also provides seafood protein to our clients,” says Gennie Moran, chief oper...

ORLEANS — After just his first meeting as a member of the state’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission, commercial fisherman Bill Amaru had good news for fellow supporters of dredging Nauset Estuary. “We are going to discuss a new survey of fish stocks in the estuaries where dredging will be taking place to see if the window for dredging can be expanded,” Amaru wrote in an email. “Certain species that were abu...

Officials Allege Barge Ran Aground In Quahog Nursery CHATHAM – Officials are investigating damage to seed shellfish caused by a vessel grounding out in the town grow-out area in Mill Creek. As many as 450,000 seed quahogs may have been compromised and 100,000 lost because of the damage, said Shellfish Constable Renee Gagne. While she put the value of the lost shellfish at about $7,000, the damage to the tow...

Emily Yerby works for The Greater Boston Food Bank and came home from an “insanely” hard day at work too exhausted to cook dinner. So she threw some haddock chowder on the stove, the same chowder that has been offered at pantries across the state. “It was perfect,” she said. “This for me has been a silver lining during all this chaos.” The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance's new haddock chowder first...