Profile: Joseph Branin – From Selling Bait to Managing the Belford Seafood Co-Op — A Fish Story

joe branin framedWho: Joseph Branin Age: 69 Family: Married, two daughters, one son Home: Highlands What he does: General manager of Belford Seafood Co-op for nearly 20 years. How many fishermen in the co-op: There are 18 to 20 boats active in the Belford fishing fleet, and some 50 families make their living there. How does the co-op work: Fishermen bring in their haul, and the fish are then sent to a market, and the fishermen are paid according to the price the fish is selling for that day. “It all sells. You just never know what price you’re going to get for it. If there’s a lot of that species in the market, you’re going to get a lowball price. If it’s something less plentiful, you’ll get a good price,” Branin says. How he got there: Branin started selling bait and gas at a dock in the Highlands when he was 12 years old. Read the rest here 14:06

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