From the Ocean Floor to your Mountain Door

Most of us don’t give much, if any, thought about how fish are handled from the boat to the market, but it is in this process we trust that our seafood is being handled and processed with the utmost care.

There are many ways that fish are maintained once they have been abducted from the water by a fishing boat.

On the Skipper’s fishing vessels Megan Marie and Gabby G, the fish are held in totes that are packed in a salt water and ice solution and then stored in the refrigerated hold. The totes hold approximately 100-120 lbs of fish and stack upon each other. This method makes for a higher quality product because the totes prevent the fish from being crushed and banged around in an open pen. Not all fishing boats have this capability. Once the boat docks, the crew begins the “pack out” process. In addition to the crew on the boat, there is a team of folks’ shore side, called the “dock workers” that have pre-assembled boxes, ice and set up a processing line for packing the fish off the boat and into the boxes. Lastly, a “lumper” or two will be hired to assist in the pack out process to augment the boat crew. There are usually seals and schoolies in the New Bedford, MA harbor begging like dogs as ra