Main Hall

From Boat to Table
Using objects, text, photographs, audio, and video, this interactive exhibit allows visitors to learn about all aspects of the seafood industry. Each section of the exhibit includes a look at changes over time with historical artifacts that speak to “Back when”.

Gearing Up presents the shoreside work involved in getting a vessel ready for fishing from vessel construction and the design and manufacture of nets and dredges to taking on fuel, ice, and provisions. Visitors can try mending a section of net and develop a grub list – a shopping list to feed their crew.

At Sea explores daily life aboard a fishing vessel including all aspects of the work, the use of technology for navigation and communication, and the importance of safety, as well as the experience of cooking, eating, and sleeping at sea. A wheelhouse creates a sense of shipboard life. A dress up area allows visitors to don fisherman’s clothing.

Sustaining the Resource provides an overview of industry efforts to ensure a healthy and plentiful resource including cooperative research which combines skills and knowledge of fishermen and scientists, advancements in technology, and gear modifications to allow for greater selectivity and reduced by-catch.

Landing the Catch follows the seafood from fish hold to auction, to processing plant, and finally to market. A seafood recipe exchange collects and disseminates community recipes. Settlement sheets from the 1960s and today illustrate changing economics.

The Fish News allows visitors to listen a broadcast by local radio personality Bill Brennan.  For over 20 years, Fish News was a vital link between sea and shore.  Listen to excerpts from a 1983 broadcast and browse our library of commercial fishing books and current and back issues of industry trade papers.

Gallery

Taken Out To Sea: Fishermen’s Photography
June 8 – July 30, 2017

Commercial fishermen venture off-shore where few of us will ever go. They experience the beauty of sunrises and sunsets at sea, encounter marine life only seen by most of us in aquariums, and endure the power of nature at its worst.

While they can describe their world, words do not always have the same power as an image.  For many years, fishermen could not truly share their world with their loved ones at home. With the advance of camera technology, fishermen can capture and share images, taking us out to sea.

This exhibit offers a glimpse into their world.   It is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to Tricolor Digital Imaging Services.