RFM lecture series to host menhaden panel on March 6

The second lecture of the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum (RFM) 2023 Winter Lecture Series will be held at 7 p.m. March 6. The theme will be “Menhaden Fishing History: Beaufort, North Carolina.”

Known as the “fish that built Beaufort,” menhaden played a critical role in the economic, cultural and communal growth of Beaufort, N.C.

Embark on a voyage with three North Carolinian panelists, experts in menhaden science, culture and the fishing process as they explore how the East Coast menhaden industry shaped the development of Beaufort and how its absence has continued to impact the community since the last factory closed its doors in 2005.

Panelists will include Barbara Garrity-Blake, a cultural anthropologist, marine fisheries policy professor at Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort; Joseph Smith, a retired marine scientist at NOAA’s Beaufort Laboratory-menhaden program; and Capt. Albert Dudley, a retired menhaden captain.

This presentation will be held in Waterman’s Gallery of the RFM, 504 Main Street, Reedville. Admission is $5. To reserve a seat, email office@rfmuseum.org.