CHATHAM, MA – The mechanical whir of the Chatham Fish Pier lift is swiftly followed by a dull thud and whoosh as dozens of dogfish slide down the metal chute and into a large plastic tub.
Devon Walsh immediately begins shoveling ice on top of the fish, while a digital readout keeps tabs on their temperature, which is already chilled by ice on board the boat.
Until recently, most fishermen here didn’t ice down the dogfish they caught, even though doing so gives them a slight edge in a fishery that’s already marginal, netting only around 12 cents a pound.
Providing the ice, thanks to newly purchased ice machines, is one way the pier’s most recent tenant, Red’s Best Seafood, is working to promote locally caught fish.
The Boston-based company has partnered with Wholesome Wave to …
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