The Chatham-based Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance has been supporting Cape Cod’s fishing fleet for more than 25 years. Founded in 1991 by a group of local hook fishermen, the organization was built to help give a statewide and national voice to the small-boat fishing industry centered there.

This year we have provided a grant to assist with the Fishermen’s Alliance’s popular Pier Program, created to help educate the hundreds of daily visitors to the observation deck at the Chatham Fish Pier each summer. Veteran and semi-retired commercial fishermen are on hand to share their stories, talk about the harbor and the fishing industry, and explain to visitors what kinds of fish the boats are unloading. In addition to the talks, CARE has support a “learning book” that offers fun activities for visitors to learn about the fishing industry as well as how to become stewards of the ocean where they live.

Observers are often unfamiliar with under-loved species such as dogfish and skate that are regularly landed in Chatham and the Pier Program ambassadors are happy to provide information about these healthy and plentiful fish. The Fish Pier Program runs between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday beginning June 23 through October 9.  Learn more or download a copy of the learning book at capecodfishermen.org.