IF YOU ARE A FISHERMAN AND NEED EMERGENCY FINANCIAL HELP, please call Karen at 508-274-2092.
The Women of Fishing Families (W.O.F.F.) is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to supporting Cape Cod fishing families and the greater fishing community on Cape Cod, by providing an active support network, community assistance funds and fisheries education.
The core of W.O.F.F.’s mission is to provide Cape Cod fishing families with the support they need during times of transition and unforeseen circumstances. Through our Fishing Community Fund, we offer emergency financial assistance and long-term financial planning, and connect families to resources that may help them become more self-sufficient and secure at home and in their businesses.
- The Chatham Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation
- Weller Family Foundation
- Hess and Helyn Kline Foundation
- The Chatham Women’s Club
- A special thanks to the Town of Chatham, especially the Parks & Recreation, Police Dept., and Harbormaster’s Office.
THE WOMEN OF W.O.F.F.
Karen Murdoch – Founding President: Married to Davy Murdoch, who owns and operates the F/V Jack Tar, a gillnet boat catching dogfish, skate and monk. Karen loves hitting the slopes with her spunky five-year-old daughter.
Kate Liska – Founding Board Member: Married to Mark Liska, owner/operator of the F/V Sea Dancer and gillnet fisherman catching dogfish, skate and monk, and mother of a teen-aged daughter, Camille. Kate is a special education teacher at Monomoy High School. She grew up in L.A. and loves a fresh Moscow Mule.
Becki Lucarelli – Board Member: Married to Sam, a lobsterman who owns and operates the F/V Miss Madison, and mother of four: Max, a fulltime gillnet crew member; Peter, who fishes in the summer when he’s not in school; Maddie, a nursing student, and Michael, Becki and Sam’s youngest. Becki is a chocolatier at the Chatham Candy Manor and backyard farmer, and she’s hiked the entire Appalachian Trail.
Alison Barabe – Financial Officer: Married to Billy, a year-round wild shellfish harvester and lifelong fisherman who has crewed on every type of vessel, and mother of a teenaged-daughter, Laura. Alison is the office manager at Stage Harbor Marine; she loves cooking and hates visors.
Rachel McGrath – Longtime WOFF Member: Married to Mike, a shellfisherman and musician, and mother of two boys. Rachel works fulltime as a Wellfleet FD firefighter/paramedic and is an artist (she created WOFF’s famous bullseye tuna for the Maritime Festival Harpoon Throw).
Linda Kelly – Longtime WOFF Member: Owns and operates her family’s business, George’s Place Fish Market, along with her husband Scott. Linda, who has four daughters and one grandchild, believes strongly in supporting local food producers and harvesters, and is an avid cook.
Shannon Eldredge – Development Officer: Owns and operates Chatham Fish Weirs along with her father, Ernie, and partner, Russell. Shannon, who began shellfishing at 18, also works for Fishing Partnership Support Services helping fishing families attain healthcare and safety-at-sea training. She is obsessed with hula hooping.