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Angela Sanfilippo named to Boston Seafood Hall of Fame

Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and the Gloucester City Council also honored Sanfilippo for her many years of devoted service to the city and its fishing community and for protecting the oceans during a ceremony at Gloucester City Hall on Aug. 9.  And they saluted her for being named to the Boston Seafood Hall of Fame.  From left front, councilors Paul Lundberg, Joseph Orlando, Valerie Gilman, Sanfilippo, council vice-president Steven LeBlanc, Mayor Theken, and council president Joseph Ciolino.  From left back, councilors Scott Memhard and James O’Hara.  (Susan Pollack photos)

Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and the Gloucester City Council also honored Sanfilippo for her many years of devoted service to the city and its fishing community and for protecting the oceans during a ceremony at Gloucester City Hall on Aug. 9. And they saluted her for being named to the Boston Seafood Hall of Fame. From left front, councilors Paul Lundberg, Joseph Orlando, Valerie Gilman, Sanfilippo, council vice-president Steven LeBlanc, Mayor Theken, and council president Joseph Ciolino. From left back, councilors Scott Memhard and James O’Hara. (Susan Pollack photo)

GLOUCESTER, MA – Angela Sanfilippo, the inspired and longtime president of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association (GFWA) was honored last month by both the Boston seafood industry and the City of Gloucester.

Sanfilippo, the wife, daughter, and sister of fishermen, is also the executive director of the Massachusetts Fishing Partnership Support Services.

She has served as a tireless advocate for the oceans and for fishing communities for some 40 years.

On Aug. 7, Sanfilippo was inducted into the Boston Seafood Hall of Fame during the fifth annual Boston Seafood Festival.

Richard Stavis, CEO of Stavis Seafoods and a director of the Boston Fisheries Association, presented the award, citing Sanfilippo’s considerable accomplishments.

“Under her leadership, the GWFA has been an unwavering force for the protection of New England’s precious fishing grounds and heritage.

“The wives (GWFA) have improved safety standards on US vessels, and they created the first subsidized health plan for fishermen, a model for both a Massachusetts plan and Obamacare,”  Stavis continued.

“They established a marine sanctuary at Stellwagon Bank; they have worked diligently to develop new seafood markets, particularly for abundant but lesser known species such as redfish and whiting.

“And, above all, the Fishermen’s Wives have labored to protect the health of the oceans and the future of the fisheries that feed us all,”  Stavis said.

“Angela brings her voice, not only to Gloucester, but to all of Massachusetts,” said Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, in a personal tribute…

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