History Channel's 'Nor'easter Men' featuring Gloucester, New Bedford and Portland debuts this week
October 1, 2012 -- The fish and fishing boats are fewer and farther between, but the media fascination with the nation’s oldest, imperiled industry is spawning like guppies.
In addition to “Wicked Tuna,” back for its second season on National Geographic TV, this fall’s small screen lineup includes a miniseries on the History Channel called “Nor’easter Men.”
The three-hour documentary follows four draggers out of New England ports, including one from Gloucester, Capt. Gus Sanfilippo’s 80-foot fishing vessel Lily Jean. The program debuts this Thursday from 9 p.m. to midnight.
“Gloucester, New Bedford and Portland are beacons in fishing history,” says the show’s publicity material from A&E Networks. “Today’s fishermen who venture into the North Atlantic compete to reel in the biggest catches and largest paychecks. ‘Nor’easter Men’ follows the lives of rival New England crews as they brave storms, cold and exhaustion to bring their catch to market and mark their place in history.”
Filmed over the course of seven or eight days in December and January aboard the Lily Jean, which is named for Sanfilippo’s daughter, and at his home, the Gloucestermen’s portion of the show will also talk about “the dangers of regulation,” said Sanfilippo.
Read the full story in the Gloucester Times