Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers Team Up with Senator Begich to Showcase Certified Sustainable Alaskan Snow Crab in the Nation’s Capital
Jun 11, 2012 | Mark Gleason
If there’s one thing you can be sure of it’s that Senator Mark Begich is proud of Alaska. Whether its fighting to protect Alaskan interests in the halls of Congress or making sure Federal agencies are held accountable for their regulatory actions, Senator Begich is always keeping one eye on Washington, DC and one eye on the Great Land. Who knew that he serves a mean snow crab slider too?
The Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers were in Washington, DC during the week of June 4, 2012 to participate in Capitol Hill Oceans Week and to meet with Senators, Congressmen, NOAA leadership, and their staffs to discuss pressing fisheries issues. In between all the meetings, ABSC took some time for a little fun and to showcase Global Trust certified-sustainable Alaskan snow crab by hosting a booth at the 37th Annual NOAA Fish Fry. The NOAA Fish Fry, held in the Department of Commerce courtyard, is an annual event that brings together everyone from decision-makers at the highest levels of the Federal government to the career employees that keep the wheels of government moving every day. They come to mingle with their bosses. They come to spend time with family, friends, and colleagues. They come to enjoy an early summer evening in the Nations Capital. But mostly they come for the seafood!
This years Fish Fry had booths representing 17 different seafood producers from around the country. Nearly 1,000 people were in attendance. Some of the most popular dishes included gumbo from the Gulf Coast, pink shrimp from the West Coast, salmon from the Pacific Northwest, and tuna from the Western Pacific. But the snow crab from Alaska, recently certified as sustainable by Global Trust, was easily the fan favorite! People were lined up around the corner to taste Mona Stone’s snow crab sliders and snow crab bisque. But Senator Begich isn’t one to just stand around. Instead he grabbed an apron, jumped into the booth, and started serving up a storm!
In addition to Senator Begich, Senator Maria Cantwell, Congressman Don Young, Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, Acting Secretary of Commerce Dr. Rebecca Blank, NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Deputy Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Department of Commerce Acting Assistant Secretary for Conservation & Management Mr. Eric Schwaab, Acting Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries Mr. Sam Rauch, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Fisheries Mr. Russell Smith, Director of NOAA Fisheries Office of International Affairs Dr. Rebecca Lent, and a host of other NOAA employees and Congressional staffers all joined the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers for an evening of delicious seafood, great conversation, and perfect weather!
One Fish Fry attendee, overcome with emotion at how good the crab tasted, and meeting real Bering sea fishermen summed it up perfectly when she screamed, “you catch it, we eat it!” Senator Begich liked that so much that he made a You Tube video with the ABSC team the next day at his office. This year’s event was such a great time that we’ve already begun to plan for next year’s Fish Fry! See you there!