Family Farmers and Fishermen Declare Their Interdependence
National Family Farm Coalition and Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance to Share Leadership
Gloucester, MA and Washington, DC – Two national organizations fighting on the front lines for a just food system have decided to share their strength and leadership to increase their collective impact. The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) and the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) announced that, as of May 1, Niaz Dorry will lead the work of both organizations. Dorry has been the coordinating director of NAMA for a decade and has served as an NFFC board member for the past eight years; treasurer for the past two…
Angela Sanfilippo, president of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, will be the guest of honor at the Sea to Supper Celebration at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Mile Marker One Restaurant & Bar, 75 Essex St., in the Cape Ann Marina Resort.
The Sea to Supper Celebration will feature local, fresh seafood specially prepared for the occasion by Todd Snopkowski of Snapchef, wines, oral tributes and displays on Cape Ann fishermen and more.
Tickets cost $75, and may be obtained by calling 978-821-1590 or visiting http://bit.ly/2v0HBdj.
Proceeds benefit nonprofit Fishing Partnership Support Services, which Sanfilippo helped found in the late ’90s, and on whose board of directors she has served ever since. Fishing Partnership Support Services helps commercial fishermen and their families through a variety of free services — from safety trainings, to health coverage enrollment assistance, to disaster relief support.
While honoring Sanfilippo, the Sea to Supper Celebration will also highlight the contributions commercial fishermen have made to coastal communities and to the health of seafood consumers, according to J.J. Bartlett, president of Fishing Partnership Support Services.
“Fishermen risk life and limb every time they go to sea to harvest the healthiest source of protein there is,” Bartlett said. “Fishing was the founding industry of Massachusetts. Fishermen have made imperishable imprints on the history, culture, traditions and economy of our state and region.”
Speaking of the night’s honoree, Bartlett said, “For 40-plus years, there is no one in New England that has done more to call attention to the plight of the fishermen and the condition of the oceans than Angela Sanfilippo. At great personal sacrifice, Angela has worked tirelessly to ensure that fishermen and their families are treated with fairness, dignity and compassion.”
In 2009, Salem State University awarded Sanfilippo an honorary doctorate in human letters in recognition of her work in enhancing the health, safety and economic well-being of fishermen and protecting marine environments.
In addition to her employment as a community health navigator for Fishing Partnership Support Services, Sanfilippo serves as president of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, a position she has held for 40 years; as executive director of the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership, an organization of commercial fishermen’s associations from all gear and geographic sectors of the Massachusetts fishing industry; and as president of the Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund.
Sanfilippo is also a member of the Gloucester Fisheries Commission and serves on the boards of the Northeast Seafood Coalition, the Boston Fisheries Foundation and the Governor’s Commission for the Massachusetts Seafood Marketing Program.
The Sea to Supper Celebration is one of several special events this year commemorating the 20th anniversary of the founding of Fishing Partnership Support Services. Originally a direct provider of health coverage, the organization has functioned since 2009 as a virtual human resources bureau for the fishermen of New England. It operates out of offices in Gloucester, Plymouth, New Bedford, Chatham and Kennebunk, Maine, and offers, year-round, more than 20 distinct services.
In 2016, the Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers named Fishing Partnership Support Services its Community Health Worker Program of the Year.
The 20th anniversary observances will include a large gala and fundraiser at the conference center on the Boston Fish Pier in September.
Are you a seafood lover? If you answered with an emphatic, “Absolutely!” join us in celebrating the 6th annual Boston Seafood Festival on the Boston Fish Pier on Sunday, August 13, 2017, from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. You will get a crash course on all things New England seafood.
This all day event is fashioned after the traditional New England lobster bake and features tastings of fresh caught local seafood, live entertainment, educational events, and demos from some of Boston’s finest chefs.
Here’s a sample of what you can expect from this year’s event:
Enjoy fresh steamed lobster, steamed clams, locally grown corn on the cob, pasta salad, and warm soft buns at the all-day Lobster Bake tent.
Battle of the Shuckers:
Fancy yourself an oyster shucker? Put your skills to the test. Register to participate in the shucking contest for a chance to win cash prizes. Or kick back and enjoy the contest as a spectator.
Catch public demonstrations from dozens of chefs from Boston’s most popular restaurants. You will learn new ways of preparing fish, as these experts share their secrets.
Eat Some More:
There’s a whole lot more food being offered than what’s in the Lobster Bake tent. Dozens of local vendors and food trucks will be offering fresh caught seafood, sides, and plenty of non-seafood items too.
Harpoon Beer Garden:
You’ll have worked up quite a thirst from all the food and activities. Boston’s Harpoon Brewery will have a 21+ area set up serving pints of Harpoon IPA, Harpoon Craft Cider, UFO White Ale, and UFO Huckleberry. The beer garden will feature lawn games, including corn hole and giant Jenga.
Don’t hesitate to bring the kiddos with youl this event is family friendly. There will be plenty of kids’ activities to keep the little ones entertained.
There are a few ticket options available based on what you’d like to do while you’re at the festival:
- General Admission $15.00
- Lobster Bake Ticket (includes admission plus 1 lobster, steamed clams, corn on the cob, pasta salad, and a roll) $50
- VIP (includes admission, a Lobster Bake ticket, VIP tote bag, and 2 drinks from the Beer Garden) $80
- Children aged 6-12 $5.00
- Children aged 5 and under Free
The Boston Seafood Festival is managed by the Boston Fisheries Foundation, an organization founded in 2012 with the goal of educating and promoting the health of Boston’s fisheries. Festival co-founder Joe Zanti, owner of Yankee Lobster Co., explains, “We want to offer a fun day to enjoy one of New England’s most important natural resources in a responsible and enjoyable way. We’ll be celebrating our maritime heritage together, and eating some really good food!”
For more information, please visit bostonseafoodfestival.org
The Boston Fisheries Foundation hosted its fifth annual Boston Seafood Festival on August 7 at the historic Boston Fish Pier in the Seaport District. This year’s event featured roughly 40 businesses and organizations and attracted an estimated 8,000 people — all of whom gathered to celebrate their common love for seafood.
The Boston Fisheries Foundation was first created to support the generations-old fisheries that operate along the New England coastline. Today, it continues its mission to preserve, sustain, and share the region’s maritime heritage and to maintain its legacy as a seafood haven.
According to the nonprofit’s president, Chris Basile, the festival has been a major part of that initiative. “We want to have fun and bring seafood-loving people from all cultures and backgrounds together to celebrate the bounty and history of our local waters,” Basile said.
Festival attendees enjoyed a day by the ocean with delicacies from local seafood restaurants, live chef demonstrations, family-friendly entertainment, a lobster bake, the summer beer garden, and an exciting oyster shucking competition.
Also in attendance was Angela Sanfilippo, a veteran of the Boston Seafood Festival and president of the Gloucester Fisherman’s Wives Association — a role she has served since 1977. Coming from a family with seven generations of fishermen, Angela stressed the importance of having a strong Asian presence at the festival.
“I know that seafood is very precious to [the Asian community] and they need to know that we have fresh, local seafood … every day, right here at the pier,” Sanfilippo said.
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Boston – Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 – The Boston Fisheries Foundation is honored to announce Dr. Brian J. Rothschild as its 2015 inductee into the Boston Seafood Hall of Fame. Dr. Rothschild, President of the Center for Sustainable Fisheries, was honored at the 2015 Boston Seafood Festival for his distinguished research and leadership in the management and sustainability of local fisheries.
“Brian has been a major influence in fisheries management policy for decades at a local and international level,” said Richard Stavis, Boston Fisheries Foundation Board Member and CEO of Stavis Seafoods. “He served as a consultant, policy advisor and leading expert for numerous fishery management organizations and governments across the globe. His work with the Massachusetts Fisheries Recovery Commission, the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute and the Center for Sustainable Fisheries, which he helped found, have positively changed the dynamics and effectiveness of our local fishery management efforts.”
Dr. Rothschild of New Bedford, Massachusetts is the Montgomery Charter Professor Emeritus of Marine Science, former Dean and founder of the School for Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth. He has taught across the country at the Universities of Maryland, Washington, Hawaii and Miami, Harvard University and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Dr. Rothschild is the current President of the Center for Sustainable Fisheries and has served as Co-Chairman of the Massachusetts Fisheries Recovery Commission and Co-Director of the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute. He has also worked as a senior policy advisory for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and managed NOAA’s implementation of the Fisheries Conservation and Management Act of 1976.
Working with the Food and Drug Administration and the United Nations, Dr. Rothschild has been involved with policy creation and planning in countries around the world, including Korea, France, Ireland, Egypt, Peru and the United Kingdom. He is also the author of five books, including “Dynamics of Marine Fish Populations,” published by Harvard University Press.
“Brian’s global reach and local, grass roots efforts have help revolutionize our understanding of marine science and fisheries management,” added Stavis. “ He is not only a leading scientist and author but a teacher and activist who is focused on bettering the future of our oceans and environment.”
About the Boston Fisheries Foundation
The non-profit Boston Fisheries Foundation’s mission is to support and expand sustainable fisheries and promote the nutritional, environmental and economic benefits of preserving our wild ocean stocks through responsible harvesting and management. For more information, please visit bostonseafoodfestival.org.
Celebrating a Centennial in Boston
By Linc Bedrosian July 22, 2014
This weekend the Boston Fish Pier will celebrate an impressive milestone. On July 27, the pier’s centennial anniversary will be celebrated as part of the third annual Boston Seafood Festival taking place at the fish pier.
The festival will feature family-friendly activities and entertainment, as well as plenty of seafood offerings, including a lobster bake that the Boston Fisheries Foundation, which created the festival, is hosting. But the non-profit organization also weaves an education component into the festival offerings that teaches visitors about the region’s historic fishing industry.
Certainly, the fish pier has played a big role in the industry’s history. Located on Northern Avenue, the Boston Fish Pier, which opened in 1914, is the nation’s oldest continuously working fish pier. And according to Robert Nagle, vice president of the foundation’s board of directors, the fish pier had no equals when it opened.
“When it was built in 1914, it was the most modern fish processing pier in the world,” Nagle says. It was fully automated for ice deliveries, had its own power plants, and had the capacity to hold an estimated 30 million to 50 million pounds of frozen fish, he says.
Sail-powered vessels were the norm when the fish pier opened for business. At one point, the fish pier supplied over 2,000 jobs and served hundreds of boats, Nagle says. Originally, fishing industry companies and fishing families owned the pier. However, Massport, the independent public authority that owns the pier, assumed ownership in 1972. It has invested some $30 million through the years to modernize pier facilities.
This year, the seafood festival is celebrating the fish pier’s history, but it’s also teaching the estimated 10,000 to 15,000 visitors who attend the festival about how fishermen from Boston and other New England ports are responsible seafood harvesters who provide a delicious and nutritious product that also offers economic benefits to local communities.
The foundation, which formed in 2012, is working to educate the public about the industry. It strives to combat the often confusing amount of information that people receive about the fishing industry.
“This is a tremendously regulated industry, and people have worked hard to make sure there will be strong fisheries for the future,” Nagle says. “When you buy a local seafood product, money is circulating in your region, and there’s an economic efficiency to that.”
The foundation also works to educate chefs about what species are available and when they’re available so that they can promote them on their restaurant menus. It also hopes to develop a fisheries maritime museum devoted to telling the stories of the people who have created the industry’s fishing heritage.
“There are so many hardworking fishing families,” Nagle says. “There are people on boats, people on shore who work in transportation, delivering ice, fuel. There are the insurance companies the shipyards; it’s been a very honorable profession. We help to feed people a great food product.”
3rd Annual Boston Seafood Festival to celebrate 100th anniversary of Boston Fish Pier on the Boston Fish Pier Sunday July 27th from 11AM-6PM! [For more, click here]
BOSTON — June 18, 2014 — The following was released by the Boston Fisheries Foundation:
The Boston Fisheries Foundation will be hosting their third annual Boston Seafood Festival on July 27, 2014 from 11am until 6pm. This celebratory event will take place on Boston’s historic Fish Pier to commemorate its 100 year anniversary, serving as the focal point to the Boston fishing industry.
The Boston Fisheries Foundation is a non-profit which was created to serve the purpose of educating the public about responsible harvesting and management as well as the benefits of sustainably harvested seafood as high-quality nutrition whose production protects the
environment from deforestation, global warming, and other negative impacts. “This festival is an incredible and unique opportunity for the public to learn about the history, skills, traditions, and values of the fish industry in New England. I’m proud of the diverse food, education and entertainment the festival planning committee has put together for this remarkable occasion.” said Robert Nagle, Co-founder of the Boston Fisheries Foundation.
The Boston Seafood Festival will include a variety of food trucks and vendors including No
Name, Captain Marden’s and Yankee Lobster who will be serving New England favorites
including chowder, lobster rolls and fried clams. Along with mouth watering fan favorites, the Festival will feature local art vendors whose inspiration is focused around Maritime. The Festival will also play host to the much anticipated Battle of the Shuckers, an oyster shucking contest that brings together the best shuckers in the industry.
“There has been a huge need to bring awareness to one of the oldest continual industries in New England, the fishing industry,” said Chris Basile, Co-founder of the Boston Fisheries Foundation. “Bring your friends and family to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Boston Fish Pier, the oldest working fish pier in the United States. Between the food, history, and entertainment, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable time.”
Don’t miss out on this family friendly event which features a kid’s area that includes face
painting, interactive games and the sought after New England Aquarium touch tank. Tickets are on sale now through the Boston Fisheries Foundation. General admission begins at $10 and is free for kids 12 and under. Attendees also have the option of purchasing VIP and Premium tickets that allow the ticket holder to skip lines. All proceeds go toward the Boston Fisheries Foundation. Purchase your tickets now at http://bostonseafoodfestival.org.
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New England Fisheries to be Topic of Discussion on Boston’s WHDH Urban Update: Airs Sunday, December 9th at 11:30am
Barnett will be joined by Jon Mitchell, the Mayor of the City of New Bedford; Chris Basile, President of the Boston Fisheries Foundation; Dr. Les Kaufman, Professor of Biology at Boston University and Marine Conservation Fellow at Conservation International; and Dr. David Pierce, Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. Urban Update will air at 11:30am on Sunday, December 9th, immediately following Meet the Press.
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