Fishermen's work changes throughout the seasons in New England—and not just because winter is harsher out on the water. Different species of fish are abundant here at different times of year. And in addition, fishermen work around the life-cycles of fish and other marine animals to protect them during spawning seasons or migrations.
We started out as a group of hook fishermen, but the Fishermen’s Alliance now includes other local small-boat fishermen who use a range of methods for bringing in their catch. Different types of gear work well for harvesting different kinds of fish, and with appropriate attention to technique, each can be used sustainably.