CHATHAM – When it comes to delivering fresh seafood, time is of the essence. But town officials are worried that, without some intervention, fishermen will find themselves waiting in line for hours to unload the day’s catch.

The packing house at the municipal fish pier has space for two companies to operate, receiving and packing the local catch for transport to market. But when Marder Trawling, one of the two fish buyers, departed last year, fishermen were lined up to unload with Red’s Best Seafood in the north bay.

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