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New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival gives visitors a free, fun behind-the-scenes look – Sept 26th, and 27th

The 12th annual Working Waterfront Festival lets the public get a firsthand look at the culture of fishing and for the commercial fishing community to tell its own story. The event presents all that goes into bringing seafood from the ocean to the table. This year’s theme is “Every Object Tells a Story.” Here’s the part I like the best! My friend Hunter Lees of Fairhaven, will make his runway debut and modeling the latest apparel! Lees says that he loves his chosen profession and is following in the footsteps of his father Thomas Lees and his uncle, Toby Lees. Read the rest here 11:41

New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival named in North America’s 100 Best Events for 2016

The Working Waterfront Festival is a project of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern MA, a non-profit organization. The free festival, a family friendly, educational celebration of New England’s commercial fishing industry, features live maritime and ethnic music, fishermen’s contests, fresh seafood, vessel tours, maritime authors, cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities and more. It all takes place on working piers and waterfront parks in New Bedford, MA, America’s #1 fishing port, on the last full weekend in September. The 2015 Festival takes place on September 26 & 27. Read the rest here 08:53   For more information, visitwww.workingwaterfrontfestival.org.

Commercial fishing in the Northeast: a decade of change – Nils Stolpe, FIs​hNet USA

NetLogoBackground500I had the honor of being asked to write an article to be included in the program for the 2013 New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival. While much of it has be covered in prior FishNets, I thought that some readers might be interested in it, so it is reproduced below. It is available as a pdf file from gardenstateseafood.org.   Nils E. Stolpe – FishNet USA  14:44

New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival features tunes and tales

NEW BEDFORD — Thousands congregated on the city docks Saturday afternoon for the Working Waterfront Festival, getting a taste of the city’s seafood and the death-defying efforts to bring it to shore. New Bedford fisherman Phil Ashworth sat with a bare prosthetic leg and an American flag bandana around his forehead, featured at a music and poetry event titled Storms & Close Calls. [email protected] 01:22

The New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival Sept 28 and 29- a unique opportunity to see an underwater simulation of how fishing gear works.

GEARNET will be partnering with The Center for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR) at the Marine Institute at Memorial University, Newfoundland to display a model flume tank at the Festival. The 750 gallon flume tank circulates water through a complex system of propellers, pumps and pipes to mimic the flowing ocean. Local net designer Tor Bendiksen a member of GEARNET’s Technical Committee and a significant partner in GEARNET, has designed model nets for use in the tank and will be available to talk about trawl fishing and answer related questions. [email protected]  14:51

9th Working Waterfront Festival winds down with blessing of fleet

NEW BEDFORD — With an invocation to “bless, preserve and protect” the city’s fishermen, the ninth annual Working Waterfront Festival wound down Sunday afternoon with its traditional blessing of the fleet ceremony.

The yearly festival takes over three piers each September to showcase the city’s commercial fishing industry and the people who work in it with boat tours, talks, music and even a fish cook-off between professional chefs. The festival’s theme this year was “fish tales,” and speakers were brought in to explain the facts and fictions, myths and legends of the ocean and the men who fish it, said Kirsten Bendiksen, associate festival director.


The New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival…September 29 & 30, 2012 Free Admission – Free Parking