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The Garden State Commercial Fishing Industry Award

Purpose: To recognize individuals and/or entities that exhibit outstanding professionalism and commitment to promote the health, success, and sustainability of New Jersey's commercial seafood industry through diligence and innovation.

Jim Harry Tribute

Jim was born in Willow Grove, PA, and grew up in Wildwood, before moving to Pt. Pleasant in 1957, and to Brick in 1963. Jim was a commercial fisherman and boat
captain for 50 years, working out of both Pt. Pleasant and Highlands. He fished and clammed on his boats, the F/V Althea, the F/V Pat, and the F/V Karin B. He also helped his son, James, on his boat, the Skimmer, also out of Pt.Pleasant. Jim was a Founding Director of the Commercial Fishermen’s Association and the
Garden State Seafood Association, a member of the N.J. Farm Bureau for 20 years, and Director for 15 years, a member of the Ocean County Farm Bureau for 20
years, and its past-President, and a member of the Ocean County Board of Agriculture for 25 years, and its President for 15 years. Jim loved being a waterman, and traditional bayfishing. He was a very active participant in the Hard Clem Relay program.

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