This month Margie Bauman reports on the annual celebration of wild Alaska salmon and the people who depend on them, Salmonstock, which took place in early August on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. The organizers of the event were able to educate the attendees about some of the issues facing Alaska’s fishermen, including the Pebble mine, and by all accounts, Salmonstock was a successful festival.
The annual Astoria Commercial Fishermen’s Festival will take place on the weekend of September 8th and 9th, at the Hammond Marina, 15 minutes west of Astoria, Oregon. Fishermen’s News is the proud media sponsor of the event, and we have a section in this paper starting on page 14 detailing some of the activities, sponsors and events for the weekend. We hope to see a big crowd again this year.
It’s important to keep the commercial fisherman and his product in front of the consumer. Educating consumers is a constant struggle, whether you’re providing fish, stereo equipment or medical supplies, and an event like the Commercial Fishermen’s Festival can introduce the fresh, wild local products to a whole new batch of consumers!
If you can’t make it to Astoria on the 8th and 9th, another opportunity is the Newport Wild Seafood Weekend, in Newport, Oregon, where fresh caught seafood will be prepared by master chefs from around the region. If you’re in Northern California, the same weekend brings the Pittsburg Seafood Festival (www.pittsburgchamber.org), in Old Town Pittsburg, California.
In October, catch the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, at the Port Angeles City Pier in Port Angeles, Washington (www.crabfestival.org) or the Oysterfest (www.oysterfest.com), in Shelton, Washington at the Port of Shelton Fairgrounds.
Take the time to support the local fishing festivals, and get out there and “wave the flag” for the West Coast commercial fisheries. The more the consumer knows about your product, the better.