Fishing is so vital to this community, it's the fishermen,dock workers and a host of others who keeps the heritage going. For years fish stocks declined to the point of government intervention to institute rules and regulations. The rules were never easy for the fishermen but they knew more than others it was a necessary step to assure continued fishing. Now according to science the fish stocks have rebounded yet fishermen are strangled by ever tightened regulations. Some say most fish stocks are 76% above sustainable limits yet the fishermen are only allowed about 23% to land!
Adjustments need to be made, the imbalance is forcing fishermen to re-think their livelihood. What is needed to assure jobs and a way of life is a correction of this balance to allow the fish AND the fishermen to survive!
"Salvi" Benson , all time St. Peter's Fiesta Greasy Pole Champ.
"Jimmy T" James Tarantino of CBS's "Survivor" fame.
A touching moment!
Eric "Ninja" Josephson holds up two big cod.
Captain Paul of the fishing vessel "Angela Rose" ready with dock line.
Captain Phil Powell of the fishing vessel "Foxy Lady".
Dumping dogfish at Ocean Crest.
The Giacalone brothers waiting for dad.
Hamming it up at the Gloucester Seafood Display Auction.
John Burnham climbing the winch boom.
John holding gull with hook in it's beak. He removed the hook!
"Shrek" at the Gloucester Seafood Display Auction.
Lumper catches a break after unloading fishing vessel.
Youngster tosses flowers during the annual Fishermen's Memorial service.
It's not "soda" and not "pop" or even "soda pop" it's "tonic"!
It's a "rotary" not a "roundabout"!
"Going up the line" is a term used when leaving the island!
A "jigga"is a homemade powerless go-cart!
It's not "Break Time or Coffee Break" it's "Mug-up"!
It's not a "water fountain" it's a "Bubbla"!