Fish House Revival Moves Closer to Reality in Menemsha
Maia Coleman and Noah Asimow
After the closure of Menemsha’s only wholesale seafood market last year, the Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust has taken steps on multiple fronts to fill the void.
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Preservation Trust Eyes Fish House Revival in Menemsha
Maia Coleman
The Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust said Tuesday that it hopes to lease the former Menemsha Fish House property, with an eye toward reopening the facility as a community-based wholesale seafood company.
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Menemsha Fish House Closes Up Shop
Noah Asimow
Menemsha Fish House — one of the Island’s largest wholesale seafood distributors — has been shut down by its parent company, the owners confirmed Monday.
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Graphic Report: Menemsha Fish House
Paul Karasik
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Baiting the Hook for New Fish Business, Owner Is Good Catch
Mollie Doyle

A smiling Alec Gale hops onto his 52-foot steel fishing boat, The Retriever. “We’ll see what happens today. Something always goes wrong,” he says. It’s 7:30 a.m. and Al has already been up for two hours. He spent the early part of the day with his eight-month-old son Riley. “It’s my only quiet time,” he says. Now he is bounding around his boat, starting one of its three engines, unhooking dock lines and moving the neck of a truck crane around.

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Seafood Shipper Uses Ice to Break Into Bigger, Fresher Local Fish Market
Mark Alan Lovewell

Fresh fish is landed daily at Menemsha and much of it is being shipped to the mainland by Alec Gale. With his operation set up in what was once a lobster shack, the 34-year-old is shipping more this summer than he has shipped before.

A key ingredient to his success is ice. He manufactures and sells ice by the bucket and fish box. Boats are loading up with his ice before they head out of the harbor, and they are coming back with boxes full of iced fish.

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Menemsha Fish House
Mark Alan Lovewell
There is a resurgence of activity in Menemsha this summer, and it is all related to getting seafood from the boats to the consumer. Every morning, visitors to Menemsha find fishing boats going in and out of the harbor. In the late morning they return from the fishing grounds laden with product
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