Commercial fishermen

Pandemic Leaves Vineyard Fishermen High and Dry

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.

Regulations on Recreational Fishing Mostly Set; Commercial Regulations Still in Flux

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.

Sea Scalloper Martha Rose Joins Menemsha Fleet

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.

Once Robust, Bluefin Tuna Fishery Is In Economic Freefall

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.

A Lone Sea Scalloper from Martha's Vineyard Endures

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.

A True Prince on Land or Sea

Since the death of James D. Morgan on Sept. 25 at age 94, I have enjoyed reading the tributes published in the Gazette.

Dragging for Gold, Bay Scallopers Navigate Seasonal Ebb and Flow

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.

Jimmy Morgan, Legendary Menemsha Draggerman, Dies at 94

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.

Greg Mayhew, Menemsha Draggerman, Dies at 72

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.

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

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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