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What Happens Inside The Chatham Municipal Fish Pier: 3-Minute VIDEO

CHATHAM – The 42-foot fiberglass, F/V Miss Fitz, full of mackerel, pulled up to the Chatham Municipal Fish Pier after a morning of fishing a couple of miles off shore.

Ten to 12 million pounds of fish move through the municipal fish packing facility every year, said Chatham Wharfinger Michael Ryder.

It is also very popular with tourists. “We will average 3,000 visitors a day in July and August,” said Ryder.

On this brisk November day, a handful of tourists were watching in the cold from observation deck above as thousands of pounds of mackerel were offloaded from the Miss Fitz and sent flying down a chute.

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The fish landed in cardboard vats that had been assembled by the four-man crew at Marder Trawling, one of two companies renting space in the Chatham Municipal Fish Pier. The other company is Red’s Best.

The cardboard vats, lined and also wrapped in shrink wrap, were in place below the chute for the fish to drop into them. The vats were then packed with ice and stored until they would be shipped later that day to New Bedford for processing.

“We’ve got everything down to a science,” said Thompson. “We’ve developed a system.”

Here, above, is the video from the Chatham Municipal Fish Pier to prove it.

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