By 1975, David paid his way through Boston University, where he obtained a BA in Biology. In 1983, he became a full-time commercial fisherman.
One winter after college, David tried working an ‘on land’ job, but it was too confining. Fishing is the only occupation that continuously challenges all his physical and mental energy on a day-to-day basis. Fish, as David puts it, “have tails and know how to use them.” As a small dayboat, he fishes for what swims to him, using different nets seasonally. Leaving the dock at 4:30 in the morning, the nets are set out at first light, when the fish are most active. He returns to shore around noon to unload at Yankee Fishermen’s Cooperative.
Being in the industry for so long, David has experienced the challenges of government regulation and the effect it has had on small fishing boats in New Hampshire.
“Fishing has become much more than catching fish. Now you have to catch the right fish, with the right gear, while avoiding other fish. We can only infer the fishes existence. One mistake of catching the wrong fish in the wrong quantity can close you down for the rest of the year.”
At-sea monitors, a relatively new requirement, have become a huge expense to small fishermen; an expense that David believes could negatively impact New Hampshire’s fishing industry. Being a voice for our fishing community, he brought the case to court, hoping to mitigate the expense fishermen are responsible for.
Thank you, David! We are proud to support you.