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Napi’s Lecture: Fishing Four Centuries (or who’s qua-hogging the stuffing?)

November 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As we gather with friends and family to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we think a lot about tradition, community and – of course – food.

In addition to the feast of wild turkey, waterfowl and venison described by Governor Bradford in his account of the ‘First Thanksgiving’, historical documents suggest that the meal likely included lobster, quahogs and mussels too. But while turkey became the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner tables across the US, fish and shellfish no longer features prominently in our harvest celebrations.

Over the centuries certain types of seafood have fallen in and out of favor according to their availability; lobsters and oysters, for example, were once so prolific that they were considered peasant food. How times have changed!

With that culinary history in mind, Owen Nichols, CCS Director of Marine Fisheries Research, will take a look back at Provincetown’s ever-evolving fisheries from the arrival of the Pilgrims to the present day, and discuss how scientists and commercial fishermen are working together to create a sustainable future for the industry and keep seafood on our plates.

If time permits, Owen will close by sharing some of his favorite seafood recipes. Care to trade?!

Free, all welcome. Doors open at 5 pm, so come early to grab a seat and a bite to eat!

Many thanks to Napi and Helen Van Dereck and the whole Napi’s team for their continued and generous support of CCS and the winter lecture series.


November 27, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Napi’s Restaurant
7 Freeman Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
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