Summer of Fun, Fresh Fish, and Firsts!

We’re kicking off this fabulous Cape Cod summer with a July full of Fun, Fresh Fish, and Firsts!


Fishermen's daughters Brook Linnell and Jamie Rushnak proudly walk the WOFF banner in Chatham's 4th of July parade, 2014.
Fishermen’s daughters Brook Linnell and Jamie Rushnak proudly walk the WOFF banner in Chatham’s 4th of July parade, 2014.

Happy Birthday America! The Chatham 4th of July Parade would not be complete without our annual WOFF float, and this year is no exception. We’re back at it to celebrate 2015’s theme “Distinctly Chatham,” or as we like to say “D’Stinkly Chatham!” Smell the tradition as we roll down Main Street in our clamming skiff full of fishermen, fishy kids, and of course pink boots!


What would summer on Cape Cod be without fresh seafood? Fishing boats bringing in oysters, lobsters, bass, and fluke. Clambakes, fish fries, and raw bars at beachfront & backyard gatherings. Authentic regional dishes and innovative recipes experienced by year-rounders and visitors alike.

Cape Cod’s fishing family businesses work hard on the ocean to bring delicious fish to our local restaurants and dinner tables. But how do you know what fish is in season, who’s catching it, or where to get it so you can eat the freshest, most local fish around?get fresh logo for web

WOFF has your answers right here…on this very site. Our new “Get Fresh” blog series starting this month offers followers information about seasonal fish, market prices, old Cape seafood recipes, and fishermen’s tales from the sea!

Seafood education is key to supporting local fishing family businesses and the health of our great blue ocean. Know where your food comes from; know your fisherman.  If you want to Get Fresh with the Women of Fishing Families this summer, click here.

Announcing a couple of FIRSTS for WOFF:

Meet Emily! WOFF’s very first intern!emily intern

Emily is a sophomore at Monomoy Regional High School, part of the track & cross country team, and enjoys snowboarding. She’s been a volunteer for WOFF’s annual BLISKA Scavenger Hunt, along with her mom Jenn. She likes using her GoPro camera to make videos. When she’s not behind the counter at the Chatham Penny Candy Store, Emily will be using her tech skills to produce a video about WOFF’s mission & programs. When asked what her favorite seafood is, she responded, “I love sushi!”
Welcome Emily! We’re thrilled to have you on board with us for the summer.

rose riveter plainOur first Women’s Boating Basics course w/ Fishing Partnership Support Services!

Learn how to operate a boat safely and with confidence. Join us for a full-day training on July 16th at the Monomoy Yacht Club in Chatham, MA. Learn vessel navigation underway, man overboard procedures, may-day calls, docking & anchoring, and more safety & survival skills!

The event is FREE and open to women from fishing families. To register, visit or contact Morgan Parker at 508-237-9402, OR Shannon Eldredge at 508-958-6580,


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