Pandemic Leaves Vineyard Fishermen High and Dry
Will Sennott

The Menemsha waterfront traditionally begins to stir at this time of year. Fishermen mend their gear, sturdy work boats are back in the slips, ready for the early-season haul. With the pandemic, all that has changed.

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Regulations on Recreational Fishing Mostly Set; Commercial Regulations Still in Flux
Will Sennott
On Thursday, officials from the state Division of Marine Fisheries division traveled to the Vineyard to hold a public hearing and announced that the regulations to the recreational fisheries were essentially set in stone.
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Sea Scalloper Martha Rose Joins Menemsha Fleet
Will Sennott

The Martha Rose, a 77-foot sea scalloper with a rich history, had her maiden voyage this week as the newest member of the Menemsha fleet.

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Once Robust, Bluefin Tuna Fishery Is In Economic Freefall
Will Sennott
The quiet demise of the tuna industry was in evidence last week when the 278-metric ton seasonal quota was reached early. Market prices were reported to have plummeted to a record-breaking low.
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A Lone Sea Scalloper from Martha's Vineyard Endures
Steve Myrick

There are about 700 permits of various classifications issued by the federal government to fish for sea scallops on the East Coast. Sam Hopkins of West Tisbury has one of them.

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Fisherman Comes Up with Largest Catch of This or Any Season
Vineyard Gazette
The 83-foot sea-scalloper Stanley M. Fisher, Capt. George H. Fisher of Oak Bluffs, came up with perhaps the biggest catch of this or any other season last Thursday night, the Navy’s nuclear powered submarine, the U.S.S. Nautilus.
 
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A True Prince on Land or Sea
Russell Cleary
Since the death of James D. Morgan on Sept. 25 at age 94, I have enjoyed reading the tributes published in the Gazette.
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Dragging for Gold, Bay Scallopers Navigate Seasonal Ebb and Flow
Noah Asimow
It’s November, and that means bay scallop season has arrived on the Vineyard. But by most accounts, it will be an average to poor year for scalloping, both up Island and down.
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Jimmy Morgan, Legendary Menemsha Draggerman, Dies at 94
Julia Wells

The legendary Menemsha fisherman and one of the last of a breed of commercial draggermen that included Louis Larsen, Eric Cottle, Robert Flanders and others, died Tuesday.

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Greg Mayhew, Menemsha Draggerman, Dies at 72
Julia Wells

The iconic Menemsha fisherman who piloted the Unicorn dragger during the heyday of offshore commercial fishing, died April 11. He had fished the waters off the Vineyard all his life.

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