Every day of the fishing season, the fish pier at Chatham Harbor is bustling with visitors and residents alike, eager to observe the excitement of a fishing boat returning to port loaded with its catch. You can learn more about which fish they are bringing in as well as the history and future of Cape Cod's small-boat fishing industry when you take part in the seasonal Pier Host Program.
Hosted by seasoned fishermen, who know these waters well, the Pier Host Program is a chance to get to meet these hard-working locals, hear about their experiences on the water and learn what steps the Fishermen's Alliance is taking to help depleted fish populations recover and the small-boat fishermen survive and thrive.
It's a great way to gain an understanding of the Cape's commercial fishing industry and the importance of protecting this traditional way of life.
2020 Schedule Details
We will be going virtual with our Pier Host presentations this summer! Stay posted for more details on how you can tune in.
2020 Pier Host Sponsors
The Chatham Fish Pier Host Program is funded by educational grants, business sponsors and individual donations. If you would like to make a donation to support our efforts in educating the local community and tourists alike about the Cape's fishing industry, please visit our online donation page or contact us at 508-945-2432.
Pier Program Learning Book
Download the educational Learning Book here! Find out what fish and marine life are in our local waters and how you can help protect the enviroment along with some fun activities.
When the Chatham Fish Pier is open to visitors, we will go back to the original format. There will be no in-person Pier Program in 2020.
In previous summers the Pier Hosts were on the observation deck at the Chatham Fish Pier and ready to chat while boats are unloading fish between 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Fridays through Mondays from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Fishing is an outdoor business, so the Pier Host Program is weather dependent and seasonal.
This is open to all and there are no reservations taken, just show up.
The Chatham Fish Pier is located off Shore Road at 54 Barcliff Avenue Extension. Park in the upper lot and walk down to the pier, following Pier Host signs that will point you to the observation deck. (Please note - the fish pier observation deck is not handicap accessible.)
Interested in a private group tour?