Fish Landings in Gloucester, MA on August 20, 1917: Over 5 Million Pounds. On Aug 21, 2012? 97,300 Pounds.
On August 20th, 1917, Gloucester fishermen hauled in a record 5 million pounds. Ninety-five years later, fishermen are happy to haul in 2% of that historic day's catch. The controversy of over-fishing vs over-regulation is alive in Gloucester, my new hometown.