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Giving Thanks for Fish and Fishermen

By November 25, 2010

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ALT TEXT Shrimp Boat at Daybreak, Charleston, S.C.
Image: Doug DuCap

Thanksgiving is not exactly a fish-related holiday, but there are some interesting connections. For instance, the Native Americans who befriended those first beleaguered colonists taught them to use a small, unpalatable fish -- the Atlantic Menhaden, AKA Bunkerfish -- to fertilize their crops.

At the root, literally, it was the menhaden that produced a bountiful harvest worth celebrating. So, one could say with some justification that without fish there might not be a Thanksgiving.

And today, without the hardworking men and women who brave the dangers and discomforts of the maritime life, we wouldn't have the rich bounty of the oceans available to us.

The time I've spent working alongside fishermen, shrimpers, crabbers, and oystermen has given me a deep respect for their efforts. And so, on this turkey-centric holiday, I'd like to send them this special note of thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


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