Boston Fisheries Foundation

Boston Fisheries Foundation

Growing Awareness, Education and Communities
Preserve, sustain and share our seafood and maritime heritage

For over 400 years, the fishing industry has been a unbroken thread woven into the fabric of Boston. Seafood is forever linked to our regional identity. What started as the first colonial industry is now an industry that is under threat. The Boston Fisheries Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, started off as an idea shared by a group of like-minded fishermen and women who started talking about the health of Boston's fishing industry. Our mission is to preserve, sustain and share our seafood and maritime heritage. From capturing the oral and material history of our industry, to recognizing the pioneers and future leaders, The Boston Fisheries Foundation wants to ensure that Boston remains a vital part of the seafood tapestry. The epicenter of our fishing industry is South Boston, with over 80 seafood businesses and restaurants within a 1.25 mile radius of the 100+ year-old Boston Fish Pier. With the ever changing skyline of South Boston, the Boston Fisheries Foundation strives to be the anchor to our fishing and fish distribution community. Since 2012, the Boston Fisheries Foundation has hosted their annual summer fundraiser, the Boston Seafood Festival. This festival showcases our local seafood industry, from Boston’s top chefs and seafood vendors to craftsmen and entertainers, attracting over 10,000 visitors each year. We thrive to continue to educate, advocate and connect communities around our fishing, seafood, and maritime heritage and future.

  • Massachusetts brings in 42% of the total seafood revenue of New England

  • Massachusetts brings in 44% of the total weight of fish caught in New England

  • Massachusetts is the 3rd highest state in value of seafood rankings, accounting for 10% of all revenue

  • Massachusetts accounts for 35% of the total number of anglers in US states

Our Board of Directors

Chris Basile


Robert Nagle

Vice President

Vincent Nagle


Richard Stavis


Nikki Chenard


Joe Zanti


Angela Sanfillipo


Chris Edelman