About us, how it started!
The fun began when the Astoria Sunday Market showcased commercial fishing competitions and displays as a special event at the Market. It was such a success with the community that the Market agreed to incubate the Festival and moved it to the beautiful waterfront property at the Port of Astoria. After a huge success at the 2009 event and a generous grant from the Astoria Sunday Market the Festival is now incorporating as a non-profit with its own board of highly respected commercial fishermen.
The mission of the Commercial Fishermen’s Festival is to offer fishermen and industry professionals an opportunity to bond and share information that will save lives, improve productivity, increase demand for seafood products, and promote job opportunities. The mission is also dedicated to educating the public about the fishing industry including the steps fishermen have taken to ensure a renewable resource for the future. The Festival will showcase American fisheries and the process of selecting, preparing and cooking seafood.
Festival Board: We are honored to announced the 2012 board for the Commercial Fishermen’s Festival and appreciate the time and effort they are donating towards this program:
Captain Rick Quashnick
Board President: Captain Rick Quashnick and his wife Donna own the F/V Maverick, which appeared on Discovery Channel’s number one rated television series, Deadliest Catch.
Vice President: Chris Gramson is owner of Wadsworth Electric and serves on the board for the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce.
Glenda Mullenix, Secretary/Treasurer Customer Service, Charter Communications
Lisa Abrahamson, Retired Business Owner, Community Volunteer Dan Dejong, Chef, Freddie’s Just For The Halibut
Captain Marty McMaster, Co-Owner of the F/V Lady Laura
Elizabeth McMaster, Co-Owner of the F/V Lady Laura Barry Minkoff, Wood artisan and retired commercial fisherman
Kim Minkoff, Community Volunteer
Donna Quashnick, Co-owner of the F/V Maverick
Cyndi Mudge, Director, Astoria Sunday Market and President Elect for Astoria Rotary