Landing blue mussels

Chatham mussels

In 1982, there was a sudden explosion of blue mussels inside Monomoy Island to the south of Chatham. Using hydraulic pumps to stir them from the sand, fishermen overloaded their boats during the months of easy pickings. Here three boats unload about 60 bushels of mussels at Chatham Shellfish Co. in a driving rain.