As Downeast Dayboat grows, we’re constantly adding new fishermen. Below is a partial list of the fishermen who work with us – these guys have been with us the longest and are what I call our “principal fishermen”
Alex Todd comes from a long line of Chebeague Island Fishermen. He lives in Freeport Maine with his wife Heidi and his sons Jacob and Joshua but also has a place on Chebeague. He’s the chair of Maine’s Scallop Advisory Council and fishes in both the Maine State Fishery and the Northern Gulf of Maine Fishery.
When he’s not plying Casco Bay or Gulf of Maine waters for scallops, Alex fishes for lobster, shrimp, groundfish and anything else he can find.
Kristan Porter lives in Cutler, Maine with his wife Brenda and his three children (Whitney, Ashley and Brandon). He fishes for scallops, lobster and mahogany quahogs. Always trying to enact better management, he is the president of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum. Kristan has a Federal Northern Gulf of Maine permit, which enables him to fish in the federal waters just off Maine’s shores. Regulations allow him to fish these waters year round, but because of the abundance of lobster gear, he can’t really do that. But thanks to Kristan and a few other guys, I can extend the Maine scallop season by a couple months, offering NGOM scallops in November and April.
Maurice Alley began fishing with his father as soon as he was big enough to “crawl into the boat”. He remembers fishing out of a 16 foot pod when he was 6 or 7 years old, when the oars were bigger than he was. He comes from a fishing family, and has fished for lobsters, clams, worms and scallops. He’s optimistic about the closed areas, but feels the State should implement a reduced daily limit and a meat count to make sure they don’t get depleted quickly. Maurice knows a lot about management, as he was one of the first members of Maine’s Scallop Advisory Council. He took a lot of flack from fellow fishermen for supporting stronger management, but he’s the type of guy that’s willing to do what’s right, even if it’s not popular.
Preston Alley is Maurice’s son, so he also comes from a fishing family. This winter he’ll be scalloping on the Bossy Lady, named for his spirited niece. Preston tried raking blueberries once, but other than that, he’s fished his whole life. He enjoys lobstering, but also likes changing things up by scalloping in the winter. Preston and his wife Michelle have three boys, and he enjoys taking them hunting when he’s not on the water.
Patrick Kelley is the son of Ernest Kelley Jr, the dashing fellow holding the scallop on the MDS home page. Patrick remembers fishing with his father in Gouldsboro Bay back in 1997, when the fishing was so good the scallops would fill the drag up to the chain sweep and you could get 700 pounds in one day. “It’s hard to forget that”, he says. He’s never wanted to do anything but fish, and says the last four generations of his family have been fishermen, with “a little shipping before that”.