PODCAST-Narragansett, RI – KSJ Seafood, a Rhode Island commercial fishing company has been pulling in at the Port of Galilee for four generations. Berthing its fleet in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the crew, made up mostly of Rhode Islanders also calls Galilee home.
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KSJ is owned and operated by the Reposa family of Narragansett, Rhode Island. Jeremy Reposa heads up daily operations for the company.
“You know this time of year, whenever we’re allowed fluke, Rhode Island fluke, we always land it. We always have every year that we’ve been in New Bedford, we always landed fluke here,” said Reposa.
The Olivia Catherine pulled into port over the weekend to offload fluke and whiting before making the last leg of its trip into home port at New Bedford.
“Right Now we can have 1500 pounds of fluke,” said Reposa. “It was 2000. It just dropped down to 1,500.”
Tim Hazard has been with Handrigan’s Seafood at the port for 15 years. Starting at the Fishermen’s Co-op in the 1970’s, Hazard has clocked 40 years at the Port of Galilee.
“Seems that the they’re the only two places. I was at the Co-op, yup 22. If you like it you stay,” said Hazard. “He treats you good. That’s all that counts. Year round, seven days a week. I have to say, it’s physical work. It keeps me in shape. A lot of people go to pay for weights, lifting and stuff. I don’t have to.”
The Reposa’s recently filed plans with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) to build their own packing house in Galilee. Pre-construction obstacles delayed their anticipated springtime move to the port. Reposa said he is hopeful that construction hurdles will be overcome and the company will operate out of Galilee as early as the fall.
“We’ll get there. There’s no doubt about that,” said Reposa. “It’s just-it’s when. [You’ve] got 90 days. It’s just, when are we going to break ground?”
Information regarding happenings at the Port of Galilee, including its annual seafood festival, can be found online at the Town of Narragansett’s website at www.NarragansettRI.gov.
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