Menhaden Fisheries

Menhaden Fisheries (HMPZN)

Location: Lewes, DE 19958 Sussex County
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N 38° 46.901', W 75° 7.82'

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Lewes Maritime History Trail

Menhaden, a small bony, oily fish was pursued not to be eaten but to be pressed for its oil and ground into fertilizer. Lewes' fisheries began in 1883 and reached their zenith in 1953 when the docks at Lewes strained unde the weight on millions of pounds of menhaden, leading some to call Lewes "the nation's largest fishing port."
The fisheries were the town's main economic engines for the fist half of the twentieth century, employing hundreds and supporting numerous local businesses, including marine repair, rentals for seasonal workers, and food services for the shipboard galleys.
The Lewes menhaden industry collapsed in the early 1960s as the local stock was severly depleted from technological improvements that led to overfishing. Nothing remains of the many fisheries-related businesses that were once located along Cape Henlopen Drive.
Placed ByCity of Lewes
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 11:47pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 488679 N 4292558
Decimal Degrees38.78168333, -75.13033333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 46.901', W 75° 7.82'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 46' 54.06" N, 75° 7' 49.20" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 138 Bayview Ave, Lewes DE 19958, US
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