Navigating the Cape Cod Region’s Blue Economy

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Chatham Municipal Fish Pier

Come early! Between iconic views of this working waterfront and the Chatham Fish Market, it's always bustling at the pier.


Chatham pier

Chatham’s Fishing Fleet

From the Municipal Fish Pier, the Chatham commercial fishing fleet, the Cape’s largest, heads to the Atlantic. Most days, the hard-working fleet brings in high-quality seafood – over 25 million pounds a year! – destined for local, national, and international markets. From the accessible public observation deck, watch as fishermen offload their catch, and maybe glimpse a harbor seal. So cool!

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Seals on the Sandbar

During low tides, you may see gray seals hauled out resting on sandbars across the way or sometimes swimming or milling in the water below the deck. The observation deck is a great site to view these seals from a responsible distance of 150 feet or more.


Don't Feed the Seals

Remember the best chance for all wild animals, including seals, to thrive is for them to find their own food and not associate food with people. Seals that are fed can get used to humans and can become aggressive. These behaviors put both humans and seals at risk. It is also against the law and you can be fined under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Click the "more" button for a link to learn about the dangers of feeding seals.

Baby seal

How to Report Stranded Animals

Please report a stranded marine mammal to your authorized local marine mammal stranding network partner. On Cape Cod, call the IFAW hotline at 508-743-9548 to report sick, injured or dead seals, whales, dolphins, or turtles.

Photo Credit: Milton Levin NMFS permit #21719-01

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