Supporting the Natural and Cultural Resources along the Delaware River and Its Tributaries

Wet Dogs, Cold Nights. The History of the Lewis Fishery

Wet Dogs, Cold Nights. The History of the Lewis Fishery

A Virtual Lecture by Steve Meserve,
Shad Fisherman & Captain of the Lewis Fishery

A Delaware River Heritage Lecture Sponsored by the Delaware River Greenway Partnership (DRGP)

Free Preregistration Required.

This virtual lecture will look at the 130-year-old fishery in Lambertville, NJ, the last of its kind on the Delaware River. If you drive over the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge in the early evening, often you will see volunteers with shad nets near the Fishery’s white fishing cottage seining for shad in the River. Learn about what things have changed with the Fishery, what has stayed the same, and where the things are headed for in the future.

Interesting Fact 1: The Lewis Fishery collects valuable data to share with regulatory agencies about their catches. Read the reports on the NJDEP website.

Interesting Fact 2: Several documentaries have been made about the Fishery including a feature episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. Google “Philadelphia Shad Cakes Krak & Kishke” to view the show. Many stories have also been written about the history and operation of the Fishery. Read a piece published in April.

Steve MeserveBio
Steve is a fourth-generation shad fisherman and the captain of the Lewis Fishery in Lambertville, NJ. For 45 years he has been active in keeping the tradition and stewardship of the Fishery alive and relevant. Along with activities directly associated with the Fishery, he also shares his knowledge and experience by giving talks to groups ranging from scouts, college students, historic society members, and the Delaware River Basin Commission. Steve has also presented at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. By day, Steve works in IT, currently as a business analyst.


This talk, one in a series, open to the public and free of charge, is sponsored by the Delaware River Greenway Partnership (DRGP) about different aspects of the cultural, recreational, and natural heritage of the Delaware River. An environmental nonprofit, DRGP supports the Delaware River Scenic Byway, the Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic River, the Delaware River Water Trail, and the Delaware River Heritage Trail.

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Event Date 10-26-2021 7:00 pm
Location Virtual/Online

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