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NOAA's Fisheries Collection
Catalog of Images

1950 thumbnail picture
This Freeport, Long Island, summer flounder boat is part of the Northeast groundfish fleet.
1951 thumbnail picture
Buyboats, such as this one in front of the lighthouse, transported fish, crab, and oyster up and down the Chesapeake Bay in the first half of the Twentieth Century. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, MD
1952 thumbnail picture
Anglers embark on a half-day trip from Belmar, New Jersey, in pursuit of summer flounder.
1953 thumbnail picture
Skates taken as trawl bycatch serve as bait for Pt. Judith, Rhode Island, lobster boats.
1954 thumbnail picture
Skilled mechanics and engineers, such as this Seaford, Virginia, crewman, have more job options when the fishing is poor.
1955 thumbnail picture
Once seriously overfished, the rebuilt Atlantic herring resource today offers new opportunities to fishermen.
1956 thumbnail picture
Miami anglers sort their catch of king and Spanish mackerel after a half day on a head boat.
1957 thumbnail picture
Pride-of-catch status goes to Puerto Rican dolphin fish for their beauty, fighting ability, and great eating.
1958 thumbnail picture
Ted Esposito, an Islamorada, Florida, Charter boat captain.
1959 thumbnail picture
A charter boat crewman cleans tuna and dolphin on a dock in Manteo, North Carolina.
1960 thumbnail picture
Air freight containers are crucial to Puerto Rican fisheries that send and other premium fish to the east coast.
1961 thumbnail picture
Albacore from around the world are unloaded from a freighter at a large tuna cannery in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
1962 thumbnail picture
A commercial swordfish longliner prepares to depart San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a week-long Caribbean fishing trip.
1963 thumbnail picture
An Islamorada, Florida, charter boat loaded with electronics also sports a flying bridge for spotting billfish.
1964 thumbnail picture
A South Carolina shark longliner prepares to unload the day's catch at his Folly Beach, South Carolina, dock.
1965 thumbnail picture
A 15-foot fiberglass white shark attracts customers to an Islamorada, Florida, charter boat operation.
1966 thumbnail picture
Menhaden plants, like this one in Moss Point, Mississippi, have long provided good jobs in coastal towns.
1967 thumbnail picture
A crew member divides the day's yellowtail snapper catch taken on an Islamorada, Florida, charter boat.
1968 thumbnail picture
Colorful dories line the beach at Crashboat, Puerto Rico, after a day of pursuing snapper, mackerel, and dolphin fish.
1969 thumbnail picture
Local inhabitants of Rincon, Puerto Rico, admire a good catch of red snapper.
1970 thumbnail picture
Small snapper, grouper, and parrotfish are sold from the back of a truck in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
1971 thumbnail picture
Filleted grouper carcasses after a days's head boat fishing out of Tarpon Springs, Florida.
1972 thumbnail picture
Fishermen in Louisiana's flood prone Grand Isle solve their housing problems with stilt-mounted trailers
1973 thumbnail picture
A few trawlers deliver croaker and other groundfish to a Pascagoula, Mississippi, pet food cannery.
1974 thumbnail picture
A resident of Tybee Island, Georgia, targets the small but fine-tasting spot, ubiquitous along Atlantic shores.
1975 thumbnail picture
A red drum angler working the shallows off Padre Island, Texas.
1976 thumbnail picture
This fisherman in Aransas Pass, Texas, like many anglers, is adept at cast-netting for bait fish.
1977 thumbnail picture
A small Texas shrimp boat heads out of Corpus Christi for day-long fishing trip in the productive Laguna Madre.
1978 thumbnail picture
This gourmet market in metropolitan Washington, D.C., offers up a mouth-watering platter of shrimp.
1979 thumbnail picture
Mississippi shrimp boats, like these in Biloxi, are often identical to those of Louisiana and Texas.
1980 thumbnail picture
Small wingnetters, like this one in Louisiana's Bayou La Fourche, take a surprising amount of the smaller-sized shrimp.
1981 thumbnail picture
June Krantz, a successful lobster trapper in Casco Bay, Maine, is one of thousands of women participating in commercial American fisheries.
1982 thumbnail picture
This shrimp net has both a mesh-panel, bycatch-reduction device (BRD) and grill-type, turtle-excluder device (TED).
1983 thumbnail picture
Fishermen, scientists, and shrimp farmers sign up for a Corpus Christi, Texas, workshop on shrimp aquaculture.
1984 thumbnail picture
Florida Bay looks serene but is vulnerable to pesticide contamination from runoff.
1985 thumbnail picture
Repaired iron-and-wood frames of submerged pound-type pens await return to specially licensed areas off Pt. Judith, Rhode Island.
1986 thumbnail picture
Maine's lobster industry depends on hundreds of thousands of these plastic-coated galvanized wire traps, which are set everywhere along the coast.
1987 thumbnail picture
Lobster claws are banded to protect handlers - and fellow lobsters - at this market in Jessup, Maryland.
1988 thumbnail picture
Pt. Judith's small lobster boats set pots in Long Island Sound, while the while the larger Rhode Island boats fish offshore.
1989 thumbnail picture
A Pt. Judith, Rhode Island, bait seller strings skates for sale to local lobstermen.
1990 thumbnail picture
Demand for Florida Keys spiny lobster is heavy at dockside restaurants, like this one in Islamorada.
1991 thumbnail picture
This thirty-foot lobster sculpture in Plantation Key, Florida, is guaranteed to stop traffic and sharpen appetites.
1992 thumbnail picture
Wood-and-wire lobster pots, seen here on a dock at Puerto Rico's Fajardo Beach, are still common in the Caribbean.
1993 thumbnail picture
The nation's capital attracts swarms of crab-lovers to its riverfront market steamers on warm summer evenings.
1994 thumbnail picture
A well-gloved worker in a Washington, D.C., seafood market demonstrates blue crabs' tenacious grip.
1995 thumbnail picture
Few seafoods have the ‚clat of Florida's stone crab, with entire restaurants devoted to this one product.
1996 thumbnail picture
Locally caught scallops are a specialty of coastal restaurants, like this one in Pt. Pleasant, New Jersey.
1997 thumbnail picture
Workers sort scallops by size at a waterside processing plant in Seaford, Virginia.
1998 thumbnail picture
Seaford, Virginia, is home to a large and modern fleet of scallop dredgers.
1999 thumbnail picture
Freeport, Long Island, clam boats share dock space with vessels fishing squid, flounder, and other coastal species.

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