Down East 2013 ©
Down the Shore: Faces of Maine's Coastal Fisheries
Nearly everyone knows that commercial fishing is -- and always has been -- the lifeblood of the economy along the Maine coast. Yet, this "industry," if that term is even appropriate, too often remains faceless. Moreover, many of us think only of lobstering when we consider what goes on in the waters adjacent to the Maine shoreline.
Here, photographer Nance Trueworthy and commercial-fishing journalist Mike Crowley paint a handsome -- and accurate -- portrait of the men and women who earn a varied living along the coast. In Maine, inshore fishing is more than just a business; it’s a lifestyle, one that defines each day not only for those who fish, but for their families.
While lobsters grab most of the headlines, they represent only one of the fisheries that shape life in the land of the pointed firs. Thanks to Trueworthy’s thoughtful color images and Crowley’s easily digested descriptions, you will discover a magical world of alewives, softshell clams, sea urchins, rock crabs, herring, and northern shrimp, to mention just a few.
"The real value of this slim coffee table book ... is the way it humanizes Maine’s most archetypal profession." -- Down East magazine (noted in the April 2004 issue)
"It’s a fascinating treatment.... Trueworthy’s photographs deftly portray their subject." -- Publishers Weekly
"Combine Nancy Trueworthy’s fine photography with journalist Michael Crowley’s succinct descriptions of commercial fishing and you get a coffee-table classic capturing the essence of Maine’s coastal fisheries.... Her photographs are sharp and the color images convey the tradition and difficulty of commercial fishing. brightens the book with tight descriptive writing of the various methods and lifestyle of those fishing Maine’s inshore waters." -- Bangor Daily News
"A handsome pictorial survey of Maine’s fishing industry.... Trueworthy’s 150 full-color photographs are dazzling.... This book will be especially appreciated by all those who love the Maine coast and relish its delicious seafood." -- Points East- The Boating Magazine for Coastal New England
"... wonderful collection of stories and beautiful photographs that celbrates the people who make their living "down the shore"." --The Island Trail
"!!!! Exceptional" --Today’s Books