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Cape May fishermen chase scallops despite risks, trade-offs

Scallops caught by boats based in southern Cape May County may end up on your plate at a local restaurant, or in the frozen foods section of a Wal-Mart or Costco, or even in foreign countries like France.  But before the delicious white mollusks end up frozen in a chain store or fresh at a restaurant, commercial fishermen have to scrape them from the bottom of the ocean floor. It’s a fairly lucrative business that fuels a commercial fishing industry worth tens of millions of dollars each year. But the job takes an emotional toll on the fishermen who must leave their families for up to two weeks at a time to go to sea. Tom McNulty Jr.’s wife, Mandy, gave birth Feb. 16 to a daughter. Zoe McNulty was born at 7 pounds, 12 ounces, the proud father announced recently. But with scallop season quickly approaching, he’s going to have to leave them to go make a living.,, “It’s hard on your family,” he added. “You miss birthdays. You miss graduations.” Photo gallery, continue reading the article here 10:17

Cape May fisherman gets restraining order in pilot whale killing case

whale21n-1-webA Cape May commercial fisherman charged with killing a pilot whale in 2011 has gotten a federal order prohibiting federal agents and a defense investigator from speaking to informants in the case. Defense attorney Bill Hughes Jr., of Cooper Levenson, in Atlantic City, said in court documents the informants told his investigator they were threatened and harassed by federal agents. And in its submission, the U.S. Attorney’s Office alleged the defense investigator had misled the informants while interviewing them. The order follows an Oct. 17 teleconference between U.S Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor, Hughes and lawyers for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The order says that individuals who previously had contact with the informants, including federal agents, federally deputized state agents, and the defense counsel’s private investigator, cannot have further contact with them. Read the story here 20:02

Cape May announces its first Seafood Festival

CAPE MAY — There will be flounder, clam chowder and scallops, but seafood lovers will also be able to taste spiny dogfish, skate wings, whelk and scup. One of the goals of the first Cape May Seafood Festival, set for June 28 on the beachfront, is to feature the unusual species that have helped make the Port of Cape May the second largest fishing port on the East Coast. Read [email protected]  21:15

In Another Time > Fishing has always been dangerous work

The most tragic fishing accident in the history of the Wildwoods occurred as October was fading into November in 1921 and as the local fishing season was coming to an end. It took the lives of 11 men.

When they began their voyage that morning in windy weather that was not especially unfitting for seafaring the men were in two 35-foot power boats owned by Augustus Hilton and his son, John. Augustus, more popularly known as Gus, was mayor from 1900 to 1908, first of Anglesea, then of North Wildwood when it changed to its present name in 1906. The father and son were owners of the Hilton and Hilton Fish Company which was affiliated with Consolidated Fisheries. [email protected]

Festival! – Cape May – Annual blessing 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday evening Fisherman’s Memorial – Harbor Fest drops anchor Saturday, June 15.

Preceding the Harbor Fest will be the annual blessing of the waters ceremony 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday evening at the Fisherman’s Memorial on the harbor at the end of Missouri Avenue. On Saturday, Harbor Fest will feature a street festival with prepared fresh seafood as well as landlubber fair, a beer garden, street vendors, entertainment and educational displays. [email protected]

Scallops keep Cape May the No. 2 East Coast port

CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) – Cape May remained the East Coast’s second-most valuable  fishing port last year, aided by rising scallop prices that offset a declining  catch, according to a report.

The report from the National Marine Fisheries Service shows the port, which  includes docks in Lower Township and Wildwood but none actually in Cape May,  took in $103 million last year. That’s up from $81 million in 2010.

Read more:  http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/sep/25/scallops-keep-cape-may-the-no-2-east-coast-port/#ixzz27ZXSHf3W – vcstar.com