JUST A NOTE ON THE PASSING OF AL SELTZER IN FLORIDA LAST THURSDAY. HE WAS A GREAT SHEEPSHEAD BAY FISHERMAN OF MANY MANY YEARS.
FISHED FOR ALL THE LOCAL SPECIES BUT HIS MAIN INTEREST WAS STRIPED BASS, WHICH HE WAS A MASTER OF THE HANDLINE.
I WAS PROUD TO FISH WITH HIM AND ALONG SIDE OF HIM. AND WAS ONE OF AMONG A FEW THAT USED THE HANDLINE WITH GREAT SUCCESS DUE TO AL'S TEACHING.
I WILL SORELY MISS HIM AND HOPE HE IS SAILING WITH PEACE AND CALM WINDS....
Daniel Myer Cohen, a pillar of the East Coast commercial fishing industry, and an eloquent spokesperson for commercial fisherman throughout America, died on November 20, 2018 in Cape May, NJ, at the age of 63, after a protracted and heroic struggle with cancer.
“Danny,” as he was known, took over the small fishing-dock and several fishing boats left to him by his father, Joseph Cohen, in 1976 and built it into Atlantic Capes Fisheries, Inc., an industry leading vertically integrated seafood enterprise. ACF’s fleet of scallop, clam and other fishing vessels working out of company owned and managed facilities in Ocean City Maryland, Cape May and Point Pleasant New Jersey and additional ports in New England, supply seafood to company owned processing plants in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Read the rest here: SAVING SEAFOOD: OBITUARY for DANNY COHEN
We're sad to learn that our friend Gene Ritter, a Coney Island native, environmental advocate, commercial diver, and educator, passed away on November 19 at the age of 59. Gene battled his illness for so long and with such a vengeance that it's hard to believe that he's left us. He fought bravely, and it didn't seem possible that he could ever lose the battle.
For those who do not know Gene Ritter, he was a noted figure in and around Brooklyn and the Coney Island area as he located the lost munitions (also more were later found by a crab dredge fishermen) off Fort Lafayette on the Brooklyn side of the VZ Bridge. Later he was part of the dive team that located and recovered the 500 pound 'James Gregory' brass bell that was lost in the Dreamland Pier fire of 1911. The bell cast in 1885 "welcomed steamship passengers arriving at the New Iron Pier to visit Coney Island’s Dreamland Park," and was discovered after years of searching in 25 feet of water off the Coney Island shoreline in 2009.
He was seen in a number of local area papers over the decades especially for his work and dedication to the 'Coney Island History Project' along with his diving and research in Coney Island Creek. One of his most notable discussions was on the 'YELLOW SUBMARINE QUESTER,' abandoned and left aground in 1970. Years later while using a scanner, he found the remains of a number of sunken World War II shipwrecks right across from the long gone 'Wheeler Yacht Company' that was located off Cropsey Avenue in Coney Island Creek.
May they all Rest in Peace.....