The Fabric of Gloucester’s Economy Part 2 

April 05, 2023 / Food and Drink, Good to Know, History/Maritime, Outdoor Adventures, Things to Do & See, Uncategorized

In the first part of the Fabric of Gloucester’s Economy blog, we explored the early fishing industry and economy along the coast of Gloucester from the pre-colonial era through the colonial era and up to the 1900s. Now let’s take a look at Gloucester’s working port, the fishing industry, lobstering, tourism, and how the waterfront location is expanding the industries being drawn to our city. 

Gloucester – The Oldest Fishing Port 

Gloucester, Massachusetts is America’s Oldest Seaport. That delineation only tells part of the story. Walk down by the harbor’s edge in Downtown Gloucester and you will see an active port filled with fishermen at work, schooners sailing, restaurants preparing the daily catch, harbor tours, and fishing excursions all around you. 

Gloucester may be the oldest fishing port, but it is also extremely active and impactful on the Gloucester economy to this day. Let’s look at the fishing, lobstering, tourism, and other industries that still rely on the harbor and the waters beyond to solidify Gloucester’s working port. 

Fishing & Lobstering 

The waters off the coast of Gloucester on Georges Bank are filled with fish species of many different varieties including cod, haddock, redfish, and flounder. The commercial fishing industry dots the buildings along the harbor and elsewhere on Cape Ann. 

Just a stone’s throw from the harbor you will find a multitude of commercial seafood markets as well as wholesale seafood options, all with the ultimate goal of bringing fresh seafood from the ocean to your plate. 

Seafood markets include products from Gloucester’s Fresh Seafood at Captain Vito’s Fresh Seafood, Turner’s Seafood, Captain Joe & Sons Wholesale Seafood, Cape Ann Lobstermen, Fisherman’s Wharf, The Fresh Lobster Company, and Mortillaro Lobster Inc.

Mile Marker One Restaurant, Cape Ann Marina, igloos

Winter views of the Annisquam from the Hotel at Cape Ann Marina and Mile Marker One Restaurant

Waterfront Tourism 

There is so much to do and see on the water, beyond the area’s famous fresh seafood! Waterfront activities and attractions have become integral parts of Gloucester’s rich offerings and resources. From deep sea fishing excursions to sunset harbor cruises and from Schooner sails to whale watching trips, Gloucester is the go-to location to enjoy a day playing at sea followed by an evening on land to enjoy a succulent seafood dinner. 

Ocean-Related Industries 

In addition to the fishing, lobstering, and seaside activities that support Gloucester’s economy by the water, other ocean-related industries have expanded how the city views the ocean and the creatures within. 

The Gloucester Marine Genomic Institute is one such example. GMGI, launched in 2013, sits right on Gloucester’s harbor with a robust mission that addresses the challenges impacting our oceans and the environment. GMGI uses scientific research to educate and positively impact our community by helping us understand more about the oceans around us. 

To find out more about the businesses, events, and services offered in Gloucester explore to learn more about the many impactful organizations that make up the “Fabric of Gloucester’s Economy.”