Fishermen's Alliance Finds New Ways to Tell Stories from the Sea

New podcast and video series "Stories from the First Blue Economy"

From the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance...

CHATHAM --  An old captain talking about fishing on the Cupcakes, Harwich third graders imagining themselves as commercial fishermen, grant holders bringing their oysters home for the winter, and a longtime Truro resident talking about her mom's fashion business - Cape Cod Fishnet Industries - known around the world. 

These stories, and many more, are part of Stories from the First Blue Economy, a partnership between the Fishermen's Alliance, Cape Cod Community Media Center and WOMR.

The effort is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, cultural councils across the Cape and the Chatham Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation

"Commercial fishing is one of the original industries on Cape Cod, and it is still a tremendous economic driver," said John Pappalardo, chief executive officer of the Fishermen's Alliance. "But although people are very familiar with fishing boats in Cape ports, many don't get to hear about the on-the-water experiences of captains or learn about the industry that still helps define the Cape."

These stories are an attempt to change that, he said.  

Terry Duenas, of Cape Media Center, said his group's mission is to not only tell the stories of the community, but help others tell the stories that make connections across the peninsula. 

"We at Cape Cod Community Media Center are very excited to be lending our talents to the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance as they take the stories of the sea and the working waterfront to a wider audience through mini-documentaries and podcasts," he said.

Matty Dread, operations manager at WOMR,  said the mission of the endeavor is perfect for the radio station, which is "the soul and spirit" of Cape Cod. The podcasts continue the journalistic ground laid with "Voices from the Wheelhouse," which featured more than 20 half-an-hour interviews with captains across the Cape. 

"As a community radio station based in historic Provincetown, we feel strongly that this sandbar would lose its identity, not to mention a vital part of its economy, without the independent, gutsy, commercial fishermen who call this place home," Dread said. "And we think everyone should hear their stories." 

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