Crewmembers of the Hannah Boden in Newport News, Virginia, unload Atlantic deep sea red crabs for the Atlantic Red Crab Co. Photo © Jason Houston

Outtakes: On the Docks of the Mid-Atlantic’s Fisheries

December/January 2015

Jason Houston drove more than 2,000 miles up and down the mid-Atlantic coast chasing scallops, oysters, fish, red crabs, blue crabs, blue crabs that turned red when steamed, and any other seafood sources he could find. The photographer pursued the daily catch for a Nature Conservancy magazine story about the region’s shared marine resources, which supply more than 800 million pounds of seafood a year.

The story covers The Nature Conservancy’s work helping a group of five mid-Atlantic states—New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia—develop an online information portal about the sea. The data hub is meant to fill in knowledge gaps, including information about how fishermen use the ocean, and will help guide decision-making about managing marine resources.

Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best outtakes from Houston’s shoot. (See more photos and read the story from our December/January issue here).

Blue crabs are transported in bushels aboard Capt. J.C. Hudgins boat on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. The mid-Atlantic region’s ocean and coasts support some 34 million people and a $2 trillion economy. Photo © Jason Houston
Blue crabs are transported in bushels aboard Capt. J.C. Hudgins boat on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. The mid-Atlantic region’s ocean and coasts help support 34 million people and a $2 trillion economy. Photo © Jason Houston
Crewmembers unload sea scallops from the Silver Sea at Atlantic Capes Fisheries in Cape May, New Jersey. Under careful management, the population of Atlantic sea scallops has rebounded from record lows in the 1990s. Photo © Jason Houston
Crewmembers unload sea scallops from the Silver Sea at Atlantic Capes Fisheries in Cape May, New Jersey. Under careful management, the population of Atlantic sea scallops has rebounded from record lows in the 1990s. Photo © Jason Houston
Lund's Fisheries in New Jersey, one of the largest seafood processors in the mid-Atlantic, offloads a fish called menhaden, which is used as crab and lobster bait. Lund’s sells it to fisheries from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico. Photo © Jason Houston
Lund’s Fisheries in New Jersey, one of the largest seafood processors in the mid-Atlantic, offloads a fish called menhaden, which is used as crab and lobster bait. Lund’s sells it to fisheries from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico. Photo © Jason Houston
A fisherman pulls in his net and stacks it for storage at the end of the season in Chincoteague, Virginia. The mid-Atlantic region’s commercial fisheries support nearly 100,000 jobs. Photo © Jason Houston
A fisherman pulls in his net and stacks it for storage at the end of the season in Chincoteague, Virginia. The Mid-Atlantic region’s commercial fishing fleets support nearly 100,000 jobs. Photo © Jason Houston
A red snapper is ready for sale at Martin Fish Co. in Ocean City, Maryland. Today, the coast is home to around 75 fish species supporting everything from squid trawlers to scallop dredgers. Photo © Jason Houston
A red snapper is ready for sale at Martin Fish Co. in Ocean City, Maryland. Today, the coast is home to around 75 fish species supporting everything from squid trawlers to scallop dredgers. Photo © Jason Houston

— NCM

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