Based out of Stonington Harbor, Joe Gilbert's three scallop boats run on a year-round basis. Since 2003 Joe has seen many changes facing the local fleet. Changes in weather, economics and federal regulations all play a part in making a living through scallop fishing. Come hear one of today’s industry leaders speak about how the industry has partnered with government to create one of the most sustainable fishing industries on the East Coast.
Life partners and entrepreneurs Nancy Follini and Joe Gilbert founded Briarpatch Shellfish Company in 1982. They believed that if they successfully built a business it would afford them the opportunity to help people and their surrounding community while having a fun and rewarding experience themselves. Joe, along with Nancy, officially started in the fisheries in 1980, although he has been involved in fishing all his life. Over the years Joe had learned to be a lobsterman, trawlerman and shellfisher, but the formation of Briarpatch in 1982 focused him on shellfishing. He is responsible for the innovation and growth Briarpatch has enjoyed, and in 2003 Joe took that same creative energy and expanded into the off-shore scallop industry. You will often find Joe on one of his fishing boats, but you will rarely find him sitting down.
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