2016-04-07 / Front Page

Waiting for 'Catch of the Day'



Two juvenile great black-backed gulls (foreground) and an adult great black-backed gull (on piling) keep their eyes on bait buckets on the Louis Jagschitz State Fishing Pier, hoping for a quick snack. Lobster and fishing vessels operate from the pier on a daily basis, even during the coldest winter days. “The offshore lobster fleet, and some offshore fishing boats, operate on a year-round basis,” said David Spencer of the Newport Lobster Company. “About a half-dozen boats of the nearshore lobster fleet operate year-round,” he added, “while other nearshore crews work until December or so, and will wait out the early part of the year. Those crews are now in the process of repairing their equipment and preparing for a new season.” Spencer added that all fishermen, who are governed by how many days they can operate, “are in full gear now.” (Photo by Jack Kelly) Two juvenile great black-backed gulls (foreground) and an adult great black-backed gull (on piling) keep their eyes on bait buckets on the Louis Jagschitz State Fishing Pier, hoping for a quick snack. Lobster and fishing vessels operate from the pier on a daily basis, even during the coldest winter days. “The offshore lobster fleet, and some offshore fishing boats, operate on a year-round basis,” said David Spencer of the Newport Lobster Company. “About a half-dozen boats of the nearshore lobster fleet operate year-round,” he added, “while other nearshore crews work until December or so, and will wait out the early part of the year. Those crews are now in the process of repairing their equipment and preparing for a new season.” Spencer added that all fishermen, who are governed by how many days they can operate, “are in full gear now.” (Photo by Jack Kelly)

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