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Join us Saturday, June 6th from 5 – 8:30pm for a lecture, panel discussion, and sustainable fish fry with Paul Greenberg. This event isbeing held at the The Rickhouse, 609 Foster St. in Durham, NC.

The US controls more ocean than any other country on earth. And yet, more than 85% of the seafood we eat is imported. Why?

On June 6, distinguished guest Paul Greenberg, author of The New York Times best-selling book Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food, will speak at The Rickhouse in Durham about the state of the fishing industry in the United States, how importing and exporting impacts consumers and economics, and the importance of protecting our waterways. Four Fish won the James Beard Award in 2011 and was the basis for a Time Magazine cover story.

Following Greenberg’s talk, it will get real and local with a dynamic panel of North Carolina seafood industry experts who will 

discuss how supporting local seafood impacts our environment, our economy and our health. You’ll hear about the potential risks of eating rarely-inspected, imported seafood and you’ll learn about North Carolina’s small scale, family fishing operations – a vast departure from the industrial, factory fishing fleets you may have heard about.

After the panel, Greenberg will sign his new book, American Catch: The Fight for our Local Seafood (officially release on June 9), and there will be a traditional, sustainable fish fry prepared by two chefs known for their commitment to local seafood: Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint and James Clark of The Carolina Inn.

The panel will feature Greenberg and the following local experts:

  • Jon Haag is the owner/operator of Haag and Sons Seafood in Oak Island and a board member of NC Catch who has been in the retail and wholesale seafood business for over 30 years.
  • Barbara Garrity-Blake is a cultural anthropologist who authored The Fish Factory, co-authored Fish House Opera, and organized Raising the Story of Menhaden Fishing (and oral history project) with the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center. She is also on the advisory board for North Carolina Sea Grant and a former member of the NC Marine Fisheries Commission.
  • Pam Morris is a founding member and the current president of Carteret Catch and works at the Core Sound Waterfowl and Heritage Museum in Harkers Island.
  • Bradley Styron is the owner/operator of Quality Seafood and former member of the NC Marine Fisheries Commission.
  • Eddie Willis is a fourth generation fisherman, owner/operator of Mr. Big Seafood and founder of one of the first community supported fishery (CSF) organizations in North Carolina, Core Sound Seafood.

John Day will moderate this fantastic panel of NC seafood industry experts. He is the Vice President of NC Catch and works for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems to help cultivate stronger markets for local seafood in statewide supply chains.