Good news from the North Atlantic Marine Alliance: a 70+ year prohibition against locally-caught seafood at farmers markets ended.
History was made once again in Boston this week when a revolutionary thing happened: a 70+ year prohibition on selling seafood at the city's farmer's market ended.
In front of City Hall Plaza, during a unique Seafood Throwdown event, Mayor Menino announced the new program that will bring local, day-boat caught fish to farmers markets around the City. And we were there to celebrate and mark this occasion. Judging the dishes was the cherry on top of the cake! Four Boston area restaurants participated using locally caught yellowtail flounder and bluefish. If you ask me, it was a four way tie, but Kingston Station did end up winning. Joining me as judges were Hizzoner, Mayor Menino, Commissioner Gregory Watson of Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, Ilene Bezahler the editor of Edible Boston, and Vickey Siggers Mattapan the Square farmers market manager .
This historical moment is even more powerful because so many communities around the country are working to end a similar prohibition. And even more powerful are the voices coming together to support fleet diversity because without diversity of the fleet, the day-boat fishermen whose work was celebrated by Boston yesterday will be a thing of the past.
Onward to the next revolution: the real ocean revolution. Or as Port Orford commercial fisherman Aaron Longton calls it, the "Revolocean!"
Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director of NAMA.