With Deepest Sorrow, We Say Farewell to Daniel “Danny” Moyer Cohen…

Daniel Myer Cohen, a pillar of the East Coast commercial fishing industry, and an eloquent spokesperson for commercial fisherman throughout America, died on November 20, 2018 in Cape May, NJ, at the age of 63, after a protracted and heroic struggle with cancer.

“Danny,” as he was known, took over the small fishing-dock and several fishing boats left to him by his father, Joseph Cohen, in 1976 and built it into Atlantic Capes Fisheries, Inc., an industry leading vertically integrated seafood enterprise. ACF’s fleet of scallop, clam and other fishing vessels working out of company owned and managed facilities in Ocean City Maryland, Cape May and Point Pleasant New Jersey and additional ports in New England, supply seafood to company owned processing plants in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Early in his professional life and in his emerging role as a public advocate, Danny recognized that ensuring a sustainable wild harvest industry depended upon responsible environmental and resource stewardship. Among other activities in the field of fisheries science, policy and management, Danny appeared before Congress and served as Chairman of the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) Scientific Monitoring Committee and on the NFI Clam Committee, both of which work to sustainably manage the major shellfisheries of the mid-Atlantic region.

Illustrating the advancing impact of applied research to the seafood aquaculture, in the 1990s Danny began working with Rutgers University and founded Cape May Salt Oyster Company, re-vitalizing the Delaware Bay oyster industry by growing disease resistant shellfish whose triploid oysters, championed early on by the slow food movement, can be found on the menus of some the nation’s finest restaurants. Tetraploid technology which is also being applied to scallop aquaculture is revolutionizing shellfish production across the globe.

Well over a decade ago Danny also recognized the impact offshore wind development would pose to the commercial fisheries. In an effort to protect the fishing industry while harnessing its maritime expertise, Danny galvanized the industry by founding Fishermen’s Energy of New Jersey, LLC which was poised to build the first offshore wind farm in the United States. Unfortunately, New Jersey’s political climate stymied a decade of progress. Nonetheless, in 2009, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities named Danny New Jersey’s “Clean Energy Advocate of the Year.”

Whether in aquaculture, wild harvest, processing and marketing, offshore wind development or a host of other projects spanning the globe, Danny Cohen has been a leading light for over 4 decades.

Daniel “Danny” Myer Cohen was born on March 3, 1955 in Vineland, New Jersey. He was the third and youngest child of Joseph Cohen, a trucking and commercial boat operator born in the Alliance Colony and his beloved mother, Doris Cohen nee Maier, a refugee from Nazi Germany. Danny expressed his love of Judaism through an interest in Musar, a Jewish ethical,
educational, and cultural movement whose name encapsulates Danny’s philosophy of life: Musar can be translated “as upright conduct.”

Danny is survived by his daughter Dorit with ex-wife Mindy Silver, his sister Maxi, brother Barry and sister-in-law Ronnie; his nephew, niece and cousins; companion Sharon and by the many friends he has made in the seafood industry; the captains and crew that are the company’s lifeblood and by the nearly 500 member ACF family that Danny helped to build and nurture. The family also extends its gratitude to the home health aides from Synergy HomeCare as well as the hospice nurses and staff from Holy Redeemer Hospice.

A funeral will be held Sunday November 25th at 10:30 am at Shirat HaYam located 700 N. Swarthmore Avenue in Ventnor NJ. Shiva will be held at the home of Barry and Ronnie Cohen in Linwood NJ. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions in Danny’s memory can be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America to help fund research into Sarcoma cancers. Arrangements are made by Roth-Goldsteins’ Memorial Chapel.

North Carolina Fisheries Association