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Brunswick fishermen look to educate on buying local

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You cast your net, deliver your catch, and hope it will pay off. Then you do all over again the next day. That is the life of a fisherman. David Beresoff has owned a fish market in Sunset Harbor for the past seven years. He said the business is changing, and not in a good way.

“Our fishermen are suffering also with the economic times, so we are trying to promote business that will support selling fresh local quality seafood,” said Beresoff.

Beresoff is a member of Brunswick Catch, a local organization of fishermen, dealers and restaurants that have joined forces to encourage the public to buy seafood locally. Beresoff said the odds are stacked against him, and many others.

High fuel prices, disappearing waterfront property and imported products coming as far as China are sinking the industry. According to the Atlantic Journal, more than 80 percent of all seafood that Americans eat comes from other countries, and nearly 90 percent of all shrimp.

“It’s a misconception by a lot of people that come down by the coast, that everything that they buy in a restaurant or from a fish market is locally caught,” said Beresoff. “Unfortunately, that is not the case.”

Royce Potter is a fifth generation fisherman, vice chairman of Brunswick Catch, and the owner of a fish market in Southport. “It’s so much easier and cheaper for restaurants to import it from places like Thailand and China and we just can’t compete with that,” he said.

That is why the partners of Brunswick Catch are working hard to reel in area restaurants and educate consumers about buying locally. Beresoff said we can help just by simply asking where you dinner was caught. “When it is available locally we want everybody to utilize it,” he added.

If so, then maybe Brunswick Catch will catch on.

Visit Brunswick Catch online to learn more about them.

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videoIt is an industry that has it’s ups and downs with every changing season – the fishing industry. A group of area fishermen are hoping to turn things around by casting a wide net; educating the public on the benefits of buying local seafood.

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