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No Fishing on Popular Squid Fishing Docks

Before the prohibition, squid fishing at the Commercial docks Credit: Terry Date
Before the prohibition, squid fishing at the Commercial docks Credit: Terry Date

This year  — as it had last — Marblehead Harbor has attracted a great multitude of squid, Harbormaster Webb Russell said in a recent interview.

And the squid attracted people. Lots of people.

Families regularly filled the Commercial Street docks in July fishing for the slippery creatures.

But the dock was empty of people fishing for squid on Thursday after the town Marblehead Harbors and Waters Board prohibited fishing from the docks earlier this week.

A sign posted in front of the dock announces the prohibition.

We were unable to reach the harbormaster on Thursday for information on the prohibition.

In our earlier interview the harbormaster said the arrival of squid into the harbor kind of exploded last year.

He said some years the harbor has lots of mackerel or other fish.  It runs in cycles.

The past two years it has been squid.

People fishing for squid at the Commercial Street docks a week and half ago, many of them Cambodian-Americans, told us they fry the squid and eat them — calamari.

The docks had 50 or so people, mothers and fathers, children and grandparents.

It's a lot of work to clean the squid, said Matt Dolan, a member of Maddie's Anglers Club, in an interview over the weekend.

He said he has taken his son squid fishing down at the docks.




John Buba August 12, 2013 at 09:24 AM
Where is the outrage from the Tierney and Liz Warren voting, illegal immigrant loving, multiple EBT card allowing, free tuition giving progressives when we have a pure case of discrimination right under our noses? Where is our discrimination committee? Could it be that our town liberals are all for the aforementioned giveaways as long as the recipients are in Lynn or Brockton or anywhere but in Marblehead? Their hypocrisy is evidenced by the total lack of outrage by all the so called “progressive groups” in town who quickly come to the aid of oppressed Nicaraguans (in Nicaragua) and support impoverished Africans (in Africa); but look the other way when it impacts them at home. Shame on them

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