Deadliest Catch: Go on Board with a Real Fisherman in New Book

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True stories from one of the world’s most dangerous jobs, Former adversaries author sea-faring memoir by Sandra Macfarlane.

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Strange things happen off shore sometimes. It just happens. I lost a lot of friends myself over the years.

A lifelong fisherman wanted to share his true stories of the danger and draw of the sea. A veteran marine biologist who used to regulate such men overheard his desire in a coffee shop one day. The result became “Tiggie: The Lure and Lore of Commercial Fishing in New England” (published by iUniverse), a memoir about the late Charles “Tiggie” Peluso’s struggles and triumphs on the water.

Peluso spent most of his career fighting to protect his trade from the regulations and mandates scientists like marine biologist Sandra Macfarlane created. After a chance meeting when both retired, the unconventional duo set out to recount their experiences working in the New England fishing industry.

“Strange things happen off shore sometimes. It just happens. I lost a lot of friends myself over the years,” Peluso said.

“It’s a pretty dangerous occupation. Did you think about the danger when you went?” Macfarlane asked.

“If you thought about the danger, you wouldn’t go. All you can do is be careful, but if it’s your time, that’s the way it is,” Peluso shrugged.

Working together to preserve the fishing culture of Cape Cod, Macfarlane transcribed Peluso’s experiences while offering a counter perspective, showing the give and take between their opposing professions. Peluso’s stories not only provide a look into the tumultuous life of a seasoned fisherman, but also a glimpse into the hearts and souls of the men whose lives have been dedicated to the perilous trade.

By Sandra Macfarlane
ISBN: 978-1-44010-164-9
Paperback: $22.95
E-Book: $6.00
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About the author
Sandy Macfarlane boasts more than 35 years of experience in marine biology, including estuarine resource evaluation, research, specializing in shellfish management and aquaculture, mitigation of land use practices, and wetlands issues with emphasis on strategic planning for sustainable resources. She started her career as the first municipal Shellfish Biologist in Massachusetts. Later becoming the Conservation Administrator for Orleans, she was responsible for the town’s comprehensive shellfish programs. Her first book, Rowing Forward, Looking Back is a clam’s eye view of Mother Nature vs. human nature. She later collaborated with Charles “Tiggie” Peluso, a local fisherman, with whom she had shared shellfish experiences – on opposite sides of the law.

Charles “Tiggie” Peluso began his career as a commercial fisherman in 1946 on the coast of New England after serving in World War II. “Leaning to think like a fish,” Tiggie mastered four types of fishing, longlining, shellfishing, flyfishing, and freshwater fishing, a feat that is highly unusual in his industry. A founding member and president of the Chatham Seafood Co-op, his early fishing experiences are revealed through the stories told in “Tiggie: The Lure and Lore of Commercial Fishing in New England.” TIggie passed away in 2008.

EDITORS: For review copies or interview questions, contact:
Dassie Rice
309-335-3760 | drice(at)bohlsengroup(dot)com
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