|Trawlers at the Fishermen's Dock Cooperative in Point Pleasant (N.Stolpe photo)|
|Located midway on the New Jersey coast,
Point Pleasant could be used as a textbook example of a traditional fishing
community existing in harmony with the surrounding tourist dependent businesses.
With a fleet made up of medium sized otter trawlers and a few gill netters,
the Fishermen's Dock Cooperative has third generation fishermen as active
members. The Point Pleasant boats fish primarily local waters, making trips
of from one to several days in duration and landing fresh, iced fish. The
major species sought are fluke, squid, silver and red hake, and scallops.
The very large surf clam fishery was pioneered in Point Pleasant and
one of the first processing plants using steam shucking was built there.
In recent years an increasing number of hydraulic dredge-equipped vessels
have been targetting surf clams and ocean quohogs from Point Pleasant as
well. Like Atlantic City, Point Pleasant no longer has any processing plants
and the clams are trucked elsewhere after landing.
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