“It’s easy to tell the fishermen,” said Louis MacKeil, Field Interviewer for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. Sitting on a bench watching the traffic of boats coming onto the boat ramp at Wellfleet Harbor, Mackeil’s job is to talk fishing with recreational fishermen. He travels from Provincetown to Falmouth.
“The information we get is crucial to helping create management plans for different species of fish,” he said. “The only way to get the information is to interview the fishermen.” MacKeil, of Harwich, is not just some guy working for the state asking fishermen questions. He has been fishing “for 75 of my 80 years.” He has been teaching fishing classes since 1989. He knows a thing or two.
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