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3rd Annual Boston Seafood Festival

Boston Seafood Festival -- a lull in the weather.  Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries

Thousands of people turned out, amidst periodic downpours and occasional lightening, for the annual Boston Seafood Festival on July 27. This year the event was held on the historic Boston Fish Pier, which has been operating for 100 years.

According to event organizers, more than 3,000 people purchased advance tickets for the festival.  However, they estimated actual attendance to be much higher -- between 5,000-10,000 people.

"The Fish Pier, a symbol for all New England Fisheries, hosted a great family event with something for everyone," said Robert Nagle, vice president of Boston wholesaler, John Nagle Company, and event organizer. "With many forms of entertainment and discoveries. Many people shared their knowledge and experience in fun and tasty ways. Each year brings more to the experience and helps everyone understand the value of delicious and nutritious seafood from our own responsible harvested shores."

Activities included a ribbon cutting to officially to open the pier and a ceremonial “Blessing of the Fleet.” Members of the public enjoyed a variety of seafood, an oyster shucking competition, kid-friendly activities, a fish-cutting contest and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs featuring lesser-known species such as monkfish.

NOAA Fisheries staff were on hand to help raise awareness about abundant, but less familiar, regional fish species including, skates, dogfish, monkfish, pollock, redfish and scup. We want to thank Red’s Best and Cape Ann Seafood Exchange (CASE) for providing us with locally caught fish to display at our booth!   

For more on the annual festival and its sponsors check out the Boston Seafood Festival website.