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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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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Jeff Lynch: West Tisbury Is His Oyster
Mark Alan Lovewell

Jeff Lynch wasted no time getting down to business on the day he was appointed West Tisbury shellfish constable last month. He’d been out on the water earlier in the day, and he already knew what needed to be done.

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Fishermen Exceed Striped Bass Quota

Massachusetts commercial striped bass fishermen exceeded their quota this summer by over 100,000 pounds. Fishermen landed 1,163,666 pounds or 109.6 per cent above their quota of 1,061,898 pounds.

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