posted on March 20, 2016 12:56
The members of the fishing fleet make their run each suitable day to the fishing grounds from 3 to 100 miles off Chatham. Their catch consists of haddock, cod, flounder, lobster, pollock, dogfish and halibut.
The Chatham Fish Pier, at the corner of Shore Road and Barcliff Avenue on Aunt Lydia's Cove at 54 Barcliff Road Extension, is a constant source of interest to our summer visitors. The members of the fishing fleet make their run each suitable day to the fishing grounds from 3 to 100 miles off Chatham. Their catch consists of haddock, cod, flounder, lobster, pollock, dogfish and halibut. The one-day fresh fish is placed in ice and transported in refrigerated trucks to the New York, Boston, New Bedford and local markets, reaching there less than 24 hours from the time it is taken from the ocean. The boats start returning to the pier shortly after noon, depending upon the tide. You may watch from the visitors balcony - be sure to bring your camera.
Please observe local traffic and parking regulations while at the Fish Pier. Parking in upper lot for visitors, lower lot by permit only.
Several years ago a committee was formed from our community to recognize the Chatham fishing industry in our town. It was decided by this committee to plan and erect a monument to this unique industry at the Chatham Fish Pier. Following an international competition with about 100 entrants, the committee narrowed the selection to a final three which were submitted to all in our fishing community for a final selection. The winning choice was designed by Sig Purwin - an artist and sculptor from Woods Hole, MA. It was dedicated in June 1992. The monument, entitled The Provider, features a strong hand pulling a fishing net from the sea with multi-fish and shellfish indigenous to Chatham caught in the net.
Visit the monument at the Chatham Fish Pier. It shows our pride to our people in the fishing industry-always changing to remain the same - proud, independent, and providers to the world of the best seafood available from the Atlantic Ocean!