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Northshore November 2019

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NORTHSHOREMAG.COM 76 NOVEMBER 2019 I N - D E P T H PHOTOGRAPHS, TOP TO BOTTOM BY SHUTTERSTOCK, BY SCOTT GOODWIN Donna Marshall grew up around fish. Many of her family members were fishermen, back when Gloucester was still in its prime as a fishing town. Her uncle owned a fish market, and she remembers sitting in the shop, coloring on the paper used to wrap the sales. "The fishing industry has always been something close to my heart," she says. Now, a few decades later, she dedicates herself to doing what she can to protect both the fish and the fishermen. Marshall is executive director of Cape Ann Fresh Catch, a Cape Ann Fresh Catch supports fishermen while providing uber-fresh seafood. BY SARAH SHEMKUS CATCH AND EAT subscription-based program that aims to sell the highest-quality local fish while address- ing the industry's economic and environmen- tal challenges. Fishing roots run deep in Gloucester, which has been a fishing community since its earliest days. Fishing boats plied the waters close to shore in the 17th century; by the mid-1700s, fishermen were travelling to the Grand Banks off Newfoundland. The industry was flourish- ing, and continued to grow well into the 20th century. For the past few decades, however, the industry has declined. The government Above, Gloucester's waterfront. Donna Marshall is currently the executive director of Cape Ann Fresh catch.

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