Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum hosts Watermen Appreciation Day
ST. MICHAELS, Md. – If you enjoy crab, oysters, or clams, you have watermen to thank for bringing that food onto your plate.
And Sunday was all about celebrating those watermen in St. Michael’s.
“We provide a great service to Maryland, you can’t talk about Maryland without talking about a blue crab,” Jeff Harrison, President of the Talbot County Watermen Association, said.
And that’s why Watermen’s Appreciation Day is so special, it’s an entire day dedicated to celebrating the men and women who work right here on the Chesapeake Bay.
“They are the embodiment of the Chesapeake Bay, because they are the living, breathing, cultural heritage that we are working so hard to retain,” Kristen Greenaway, President of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, said.
It’s work that has a history here, and has made Delmarva a special place.
“There are not many states now, not even many countries around the world that are still able to sustain this paid environment, this working relationship between the water, the agriculture, and the wildlife,” Greenaway said.
But it’s not just about the watermen out on the boats. Officials say there’s a lot of people that work to get seafood on your table.
“You’ve got to remember the person who makes all the ice, who brings all the ice out here, and all the packing, the packing houses, the forgotten people in the packing houses,” Greenaway said.
And while seafood lovers celebrate the people working behind the scenes, watermen say they couldn’t be more thankful for their customers, too.
“They’re the ones that keep us going, so we want to let them know that we appreciate it,” Harrison said.
So the next time you sit down to crack crabs, watermen say to remember them and the work they put in.
“We just want people to know that we’re doing a good job down here, don’t forget us,” Harrison said.