Library of Congress Fishing Industry Project



Phil Mello has been photographing on New Bedford’s waterfront for over 40 years. He started as an amateur, documenting the inner world of the fishing industry in which he worked. Phil knows these people and this place well, he is currently Plant Manager at Bergies Seafood, New Bedford, so his waterfront access is unencumbered. 

His photography has become part of a major Library of Congress project to capture and preserve the faces of New Bedford’s fishing industry. The project will be available to the public soon, it focuses on local fishing industry workers and their jobs, each vital to the daily operations of supplying seafood to market.

View the Fishing Industry Project photos here

All photographs were taken by Phillip Mello. You can find out more on New Bedford's Fishing Heritage Center's website at  To see Phil Mello's other photography, visit his website
and his Flickr page:

Phil Mello, Self Portrait