Menemsha Harbor

Chilmark Harbor Master Will Retire

Longtime harbor master Dennis Jason will step down before the start of next summer, he told the Chilmark selectmen Tuesday.

Getting to Know the Fishermen Behind the Boats at Meet the Fleet

On Thursday evening, the Dutcher Dock In Menemsha was bustling with people and activity during the second annual Meet the Fleet.

Putting Faces to the Boats at First Menemsha Meet the Fleet

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.

A Dragger and Her Captain, Soon to Part Ways

Without any federal or state permits, the Unicorn is likely nearing the end of her long residency in Menemsha harbor. Capt. Greg Mayhew recently sold his groundfish permit — the last on the Vineyard — to The Nature Conservancy.

Plenty of Fish in the Sea, But Red Tape Keeps Them There

The decline of the Vineyard's fisheries has little to do with a lack of fish and more to do with lack of access, Island fishermen say. A new regulatory system tends to favor larger companies that can afford to purchase quota from other fishermen and reinvest in equipment.

Despite Delay, Work Continues on Menemsha Jetties

A major project to rebuild the jetties at Menemsha Creek has been delayed about three weeks and will likely extend into the nesting season of the federally protected piping plover. The Army Corps of Engineers had expected to complete repairs to the west jetty in Aquinnah by Tuesday of this week.

Jetty Rebuilding at Menemsha Set to Begin

A project to rebuild the two jetties at Menemsha harbor is expected to begin in the next two weeks, while a more controversial project to dredge the channel to Menemsha Pond has been delayed until next fall.

Built to Last, Coast Guard Boathouse Nears Completion

The new Coast Guard boathouse in Menemsha harbor is on track to be finished early next year. The three-story concrete structure is fire-resistant and can withstand earthquakes and 100-year storms.

Last Run for Menemsha's Quitsa Strider II

The Quitsa Strider II, an iconic fishing dragger that has long been synonymous with the working waterfront in Menemsha, has been sold to a New Bedford dealer. Matthew Mayhew and his father, Jonathan Mayhew, made their final run on the 72-foot dragger to New Bedford last Friday.

Walking the Line in Chilmark and Aquinnah

Chilmark voters approved a change to the town line, but not before an amendment was added on the town meeting floor that will keep Aquinnah, the smallest town on the Island, from losing any more land. At stake was 300 feet.

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