Sometimes it's hard to see the big picture. When it comes to New England's fisheries, there are a lot of places and moving parts to consider. So, we thought we'd put them on a map. As we continue our series, The Long Haul, we'll identify the places we report from and reference. This is a map-in-progress, which means it will evolve with the diverse stories of the fisheries. Have a suggestion for something we should add? Comment below and help us build a better picture of our fisheries.
Social media provides fishermen, scientists, enthusiasts, chefs and anyone who loves or wants to learn about fishing a whole new way to connect. Instagram, one of the fastest growing social media platforms, connects users through photos, usually taken on their cell phones and posted into a feed you can follow. On any given morning, you can find a great fishing photo from Chef Kristian Sadler, who is an outdoorsman, and surf casting fisherman. His instagram feed is teeming with so many exciting fish-filled photos, we had to ask him about his love for fishing and photography.
These are challenging times for New England’s fisheries: there’s a history of overfishing to overcome; climate change is impacting habitat; many fishermen don’t trust the science which attempts to quantify the fish stocks; and government regulators, who rely on the science, are hard-pressed to chart a path forward to a sustainable fishery.