One Fathom Away: Special shirts help support Maine fishermen

A lot of Maine fishermen are struggling right now as the seafood market takes a big hit during the coronavirus outbreak. Now, you can support local fishermen with a little fashion.Special t-shirts telling people to “Stay Away One Fathom” are being sold to support the working waterfront and the people who work there.”A fathom equals six feet,” said Ben Martens, executive director of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association. “And we thought it was a great way to put a nautical twist on the idea of giving some social distance.”More than 600 of the shirts sold online in one month. All proceeds go directly to Maine fishermen.”The money is all going to support our work to make sure Maine’s community-based fishermen can keep fishing, continue to be safe, make money and provide seafood to local communities,” said Martens.Martens said the fishing industry is taking a big hit during the coronavirus outbreak.”The seafood markets have completely collapsed at this point,” he said. “The price back to the boat for ground fish like cod and haddock and flounder, for lobster has been really, really hard. Because most of our seafood ends up in restaurants.”Martens says the response to the shirts has been overwhelming and that they were surprised so many people wanted them.The shirts are only a limited-time production. Right now, pre-orders must be submitted by Saturday, May 16, but the group is considering doing another run.To order one, click here. The website also has resources to connect directly with local Maine fishermen.

A lot of Maine fishermen are struggling right now as the seafood market takes a big hit during the coronavirus outbreak. Now, you can support local fishermen with a little fashion.

Special t-shirts telling people to “Stay Away One Fathom” are being sold to support the working waterfront and the people who work there.

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“A fathom equals six feet,” said Ben Martens, executive director of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association. “And we thought it was a great way to put a nautical twist on the idea of giving some social distance.”

More than 600 of the shirts sold online in one month. All proceeds go directly to Maine fishermen.

“The money is all going to support our work to make sure Maine’s community-based fishermen can keep fishing, continue to be safe, make money and provide seafood to local communities,” said Martens.

Martens said the fishing industry is taking a big hit during the coronavirus outbreak.

“The seafood markets have completely collapsed at this point,” he said. “The price back to the boat for ground fish like cod and haddock and flounder, [and] for lobster has been really, really hard. Because most of our seafood ends up in restaurants.”

Martens says the response to the shirts has been overwhelming and that they were surprised so many people wanted them.

The shirts are only a limited-time production. Right now, pre-orders must be submitted by Saturday, May 16, but the group is considering doing another run.

To order one, click here. The website also has resources to connect directly with local Maine fishermen.