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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Big Fish: Menemsha-Raised Fisherman Reels in 700-Pound Tuna
Heather Hamacek

Born and raised Menemsha fisherman Capt. Jeff Lynch said he relied on his fishing skills gained on the Island when he caught a 700-pound bluefin tuna in Cape Cod Bay last weekend. The giant fish was shipped to Japan to be sold at a fish market.

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Putting Faces to the Boats at First Menemsha Meet the Fleet
Alex Elvin

Visitors streamed into Menemsha on Thursday evening for a rare look inside the Island’s commercial fishing industry. The first event drew a young, vibrant crowd to the harbor, where most of the Island’s commercial fleet was docked and fishermen offered demonstrations in their trade.

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Commercial Striped Bass Season Opens
Mark Alan Lovewell

Commercial striped bass season opened on Sunday with mixed reviews from fishermen. Fishmongers, however, are happy to have the desirable fish in stock again for the Island’s many interested customers.

Striped bass is a highly regulated fishery, especially on the commercial side. Last year the season come to a quick end on August 9 when fishermen reached their allowable catch about a month after the season opened.

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Bay Scallops Cheap, Plentiful Due to Reduced Demand
Mark Alan Lovewell

Fans of local bay scallops are in luck; commercial fishermen, not so much. An abundance of fresh scallops on the market, combined with diminished interest in the product off-Island, has dropped the price of the shellfish.

Local fishmarkets said Island bay scallops were selling for $15 a pound Friday, down from as high as $20 earlier this year.

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Direct Sale of Fish Eyed at Menemsha
Mark Alan Lovewell

Direct Sale of Fish Eyed at Menemsha

Chilmark Selectmen Explore Options on Waterfront

By MARK ALAN LOVEWELL

The Chilmark selectmen are exploring ways to enable fishermen to sell their catch directly at the Menemsha dock, part of their ongoing search for ways to support the fishing fleet and boost the village economy in general.

One idea is to attract another market to town, in particular one that would sell fresh fish caught by the Menemsha fleet, with the rest shipped to the mainland by truck, the old-fashioned way.

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Owner of Quitsa Strider in Menemsha Sells His Fishing Rights, Ending an Era
Mark Alan Lovewell

One of Menemsha’s most respected fishermen, Jonathan Mayhew, has quit fishing the high seas.

Mr. Mayhew recently sold his federal permits, giving up his license to ply the offshore waters of Georges Bank for cod, flounder and other fish.

A Vineyard native who grew up in a family of generations of fishermen, Mr. Mayhew, 56, said a chapter has closed in his life. He said he worries now for the future of young local fishermen facing current fishing rules.

The changes that have come down are killing the fisherman and not necessarily saving fish, he said.

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Striped Bass Bill Divides Fishermen
Mark Alan Lovewell

A renewed effort to restrict striped bass to game fish status in Massachusetts is dividing recreational and commercial fishermen.

Legislation was filed on Beacon Hill last month that would ban the commercial sale of wild striped bass in the commonwealth and also place stricter limits on the recreational fishery.

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Whither Striped Bass?
Mark Alan Lovewell

The commercial striped bass season ended last Monday and Alec Gale of West Tisbury said it was the worst season he has seen in the six years he has been hauling fish to the mainland for the local anglers. “It was a slow season, and it wasn’t because of overfishing,” Mr. Gale said. “I think it was a lack of bait and the warm water temperature.”

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