Top photo: Captain Bobby Carter and son Captain Nick Carter stand together in front of F/V Blackjack I. This multi-generational fishing duo run two boats out of Wild Seafood Co. in Madeira Beach, FL and caught fish for the first round of fish processed and donated to the St. Pete Free Clinic.
F/V Miss Paisley icing up to go fishing. Another vessel catching fish for the Catch Together donation program through Wild Seafood Co.
Captain Jessie Reed heads home after unloading his catch at the Wild Seafood dock. He is another one of the fishermen catching fish to be donated through this program.
Fish cutter, New York, filleting fish from Wild Seafood at Evans’ Meats for the donation program
Each portion of fish donated (Red Grouper and Red Snapper pictured) has a Gulf Wild Tag tracing it back to the boat, captain, and area the fish was caught in. This guarantees the consumer knows what they are eating and that it was caught using sustainable fishing methods.
Wild Seafood employee, Chris Zook, delivering portioned fillets to food bank director, Abie Paz
Fishing is a rich part of our American tradition. Fisheries policy and management can be highly technical, but at the heart of it lies stories of the men and women who make a living off of the last wild places, or who connect with nature, families, and communities through fishing recreationally and eating the bounties of the ocean. The Marine Fish Conservation Network is committed to ensuring that wild ocean fisheries are as much a part of our nation’s future as they are of its past.
“From the Waterfront” shares stories of our fishing past, present, and future to demonstrate the invaluable role that healthy, well-managed fisheries play our American fishing tradition.