2015 Fall Newsletter
This fall, we mailed a newsletter to our members to celebrate advancements in our Fish for Families program, update about our Cape Shark campaign work and introduce Gwen Holden Kelly, a member of our Board of Directors. Below is a preview of the stories.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors | The success of the Fish for Families Program
One thing Cape Cod fishermen know too well is that their industry is volatile; there are good days and bad days on the water. That’s why the local fleet is committed to helping other Cape Codders who are having a bad day.
In collaboration with The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, the Fish for Families program provides fresh, locally-caught seafood to area families struggling to keep food on their tables. “It’s a great program,” says Chatham fisherman Doug Feeney, F/V Noah, who participated in the dogfish distribution last year. “It makes me feel good to give back to the community and help others.” Read more here.
Salty Story | Year of the Dog(fish)
After more than a century being a maligned and unwelcome catch for Cape Cod fishermen, it may just be that Spiny Dogfish are having their moment in the sun.
The small shark, abundant in our waters, had traditionally been a low value species that fishermen didn’t target. But with the recent extraordinary decline of the codfish population, and the resulting slashed catch limits, New England small-boat fishing businesses have had to rethink their attitude about those pesky “Squalus acanthias,” also known as Cape Shark.
Cape and Islands fishermen landed 6.3 million pounds of dogfish in 2014, which includes the 25-30 boats in Chatham harbor who target the species. While most of the catch is still exported to Europe and Asia, there is a growing movement among fishermen, processors, distributors,chefs and other fishing industry organizations to build a robust domestic market for the species. The Fishermen’s Alliance is at the forefront of this effort. Read more here.
Board Member Q&A | Gwen Holden Kelly
How did you get involved with the Fishermen’s Alliance?
I am a native Vermonter, who was taken with the charm of the Cape as a teenager; made many summer visits to the Cape, and in the early nineties, with my husband, Paul, became a full-time resident of Orleans. We happily were befriended by fisherman Kurt Martin and his family. At Kurt’s urging, we became involved in the work of the Alliance.
What drew you to an organization dedicated to supporting our local fleet?
The fishing industry is quintessential Cape Cod and an important part of Cape’s history. Our fishermen need community support to maintain the viability of their livelihood. I was impressed with the work of the Alliance to
raise community awareness and leverage resources to take on the challenges facing that industry contemporarily. Read more here.
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