Sinking of The Orin C. – Why U.S. Fisheries Management Needs To Change
On December 3, 2015 the 51′ Orin C. rapidly succumbed to 12′ seas, leaving three men bobbing in the dark, 49 degree waters 12 miles off Gloucester MA. Crewmen Rick Palmer and Travis Lane were able to swim to safety, but the Coast Guard could not revive Captain David ‘Heavy D’ Sutherlund after a rescue swimmer reached him.
The Orin C. was originally owned by a long time friend of mine, John Borden, of Westport, MA. The Orin C was a highline offshore lobster boat for many years. I made several multi-day trips on the Orin C. gillnetting codfish in the late 80’s, and I can say the boat was incredibly seaworthy for it’s size. The boat was named after John’s friend, Orin Crapo, who died when his lobster boat was apparently run down by a tug-and-barge somewhere south of Westport MA in 1975.
The real tragedy of this story seems to be that the Orin C. was regulated to fishing for low value $0.65 a pound, and ‘dirtiest jobs’ nasty, slime eels because all other fisheries are totally regulated or shut down. The story of the Orin C. is a compelling example of why U.S. fisheries policies must change so fishermen have the resources, money and equipment they need to safely feed people the worlds largest source of completely renewable, ultra nutritious, non-corporately owned protein-WILD SEAFOOD!!! Read more-Excellent Original Gloucester Times Article
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ODE TO A LIVING LEGEND!!!-JOHN BORDEN, WESTPORT MA