Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


Gloucester has been renowned for its leadership in the fishing industry since colonial days. From the first failure of the Dorchester Company at Stage Fort to the subsequent glories of the schooner fleets, the story has been told in fact, fiction, poetry, and painting. The literature brings to life the beauty of the place, the dangers of the sea,and the character building of those who contested life in the North Atlantic. Most of our recorded material deals with the exploits of Yankees, Portuguese, Scandinavians, and Nova Scotians. Today, and in the immediate past, it is the Italian-American fishermen who dominate the Gloucester industry. Until 1976, they fished with relative freedom - The Fisheries Conservation and ManagementAct of 1976 has dramatically altered that condition and this report will attempt to highlight its impact upon the community. Much of the background material describing the development of the Italian-American fishermen in Gloucester was initially prepared by the writer in 1977 and presented as a paper at Mystic, Connecticut under the Title of "Gloucestermen - Italian American Style"