Do you ever wonder what New Bedford fishermen catch besides fish?

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (FHC) will host Unusual Catch Day on March 9, 2024, 1 to 4 p.m. This event, which has become a cherished tradition, offers a unique opportunity for the public to explore the fascinating world of maritime archaeology and the unexpected treasures beneath the ocean's surface.

Fishermen are well-acquainted with the surprises that can be found in their nets. While their primary catch is, of course, fish, they often pull up a wide array of objects, ranging from glass bottles and fine china to wreckage from sunken ships and even unexploded bombs.

These unusual finds provide a glimpse into the history and mysteries of the sea, offering valuable insights into the lives of those who have explored its depths.

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During Unusual Catch Day, visitors are encouraged to bring their unusual catches for display and discussion. Whether it's a curious artifact or an intriguing piece of wreckage, each item has a story to tell. Maritime archaeologists will be on hand to provide expert analysis and shed light on the significance of these discoveries. The event is open to the public, and admission is free, making it an accessible and engaging experience for all.

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, located in the heart of the nation's most valuable fishing port, is dedicated to preserving and presenting the rich history of the fishing industry. Through its exhibits, programs, and archives, the center aims to educate and inspire visitors, fostering a deeper appreciation for the maritime heritage that has shaped the region.

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