Cape Cod Museum Debuts Trap-Fishing Exhibit

Inshore Fish Weir (1900) Photo/Brewster Historical Society

Barnstable Patriot: “Nantucket Sound turns a beautiful color in spring. It just looks alive. That’s when they start constructing the weirs,” said Shannon Eldredge, administrator-educator at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis. That’s where the new exhibit “Weir Fishing Rules!” has just opened.

Herself the descendant of a long line of trap-men going back to the 1800s, Eldredge said, “Weir fishermen have such a symbiotic relationship with the space their nets create, that depending on the wind, its speed, the temperature, even the appearance of dandelions or yellow jackets, they just know when the fish are coming.”


Cape Cod Maritime Museum

Exhibit runs through May 20.

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