Cape Cod Fishermen Angered Over Herring Trawlers

Herring swim by Primnoa coral, Schoodic Ridges. Photo/NOAA
Photo/NOAA

Cape Cod Times: They were visible from shore for most of Tuesday, 7 vessels of between 140’ to 170’ in length, 4 miles off Nauset Beach. Some worked in tandem, towing a huge net between them, scooping up mackerel or herring right on the Cape’s doorstep and making local fishermen like Bruce Peters angry.

“They suck up all the herring and mackerel, the forage fish we need for the cod, tuna, stripers, the whales, what we need for the food chain,” said Peters, a longtime commercial cod and groundfish fisherman, who now runs a charter boat business and fishes commercially for tuna. “We need a 50-mile buffer zone to keep these guys offshore.”

Read more about the anger over herring trawlers off Cape Cod.

Herring swim by Primnoa coral, Schoodic Ridges. Photo/NOAA
Photo/NOAA

Cape Cod Times: They were visible from shore for most of Tuesday, 7 vessels of between 140’ to 170’ in length, 4 miles off Nauset Beach. Some worked in tandem, towing a huge net between them, scooping up mackerel or herring right on the Cape’s doorstep and making local fishermen like Bruce Peters angry.

“They suck up all the herring and mackerel, the forage fish we need for the cod, tuna, stripers, the whales, what we need for the food chain,” said Peters, a longtime commercial cod and groundfish fisherman, who now runs a charter boat business and fishes commercially for tuna. “We need a 50-mile buffer zone to keep these guys offshore.”

Read more about the anger over herring trawlers off Cape Cod.