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Tradition, Technology & Change in Today's Fishing Industry


Shannon Eldredge, a commercial weir fisherman from Chatham, has seen many changes in the industry since she fished with her father as a child. She joins Mindy Todd on The Point, along with Mike Pol, a scientist who collaborates with fisherman to design more effective fishing gear, in an effort to find out how improving gear design can help both fisherman and fish stocks. Also, Laura Orleans, Co-founder of The Working Waterfront Festival in New Bedford joins us to talk about this year’s theme - how fishing has changed in the past decade and what lies ahead.

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting. She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN. Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH. She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.