The view from Pier #1 at the Portland Fish Exchange. National Fisherman photo.The National Fisherman team paid a visit to the Portland Fish Exchange this week, part of the research for an upcoming feature on Portland, Maine's working waterfront.

It was a fun morning watching the local fishing economy in action, and a reminder how much business gets done every day on Portland's piers. We've prepared a brief slideshow from our field trip, but you don't have to take our word for it — you can see the Fish Exchange and other waterfront outfits at work for yourself this weekend.

On Saturday, June 11, the waterfront will be open to a walking tour from Hobson's Wharf down to the Maine State Pier. There's a ton to see, do, and even eat from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can visit the exchange for youself, tour the cutting room at Free Range Fish and Lobster, explore several boats including Coast Guard cutter Ocracoke, the City of Portland fireboat, and the Portland Harbor Master's boat. Bowne Trading Company, Bristol Seafood and DeMillo's will offer tastings. 

Sold yet? We are. Even better, most of the activities are free. You may think you know Portland, but if you've never had the chance to see the waterfront in action, you're missing out on a huge part of the city's history and present-day viability. We'll see you on the wharves and piers!

Learn more about Walk the Working Waterfront and download a map.


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Jessica Hathaway is the former editor in chief of National Fisherman.

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