Author: Tanja Ryden

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Annual Oyster Stew Supper

Oyster Stew Supper & Community Presentation

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

St. John the Baptist Church
945 Main Rd.
Westport, MA 02790
6:00 Pm Oyster Stew Supper

Includes homemade oyster stew, cornbread, fresh baked apple pie topped with Adamsville cheddar cheese, and assorted beverages.

Supper is by reservation only. Reserve your seat by February 1 by purchasing a ticket online or mailing a check to: BBC, PO Box 83, Westport Point, MA 02791

(This is a ticketless event. Your name will be on a list.)

7:15 pm: Community Presentation

The Value of Dam Removal: The success of Plymouth’s 20 year program to restore historic Town Brook and other local streams

David Gould, Director of Marine & Environmental Affairs, Town of Plymouth

Introductions by Mark Rasmussen, Buzzards Bay Coalition President and Jack Reynolds, WFA Past President

Cost: $15 per person for dinner; Community presentation free and open to the public

For more information:
Phone: (508) 999-6363 x202

One Last Hurrah! WFA Farewell Open House on December 29th

Stop by Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station on Saturday, Dec. 29th from 3 to 5 pm for the chance to say THANKS to Cap’n Jack and the rest of the crew for 35 years of dedication to the Westport River. The Westport Fishermen’s Association is merging with the Buzzards Bay Coalition in 2019. So while our independent run is over, the advocacy work will continue. And fear not – the annual Westport Fishermen’s oyster stew supper will still be held in February and the clambake in September.

So to close out this chapter of the WFA, stop by to say hello one more time. We’ll have the fire going, some refreshments and plenty of time to trade stories and reminisce about the WFA. The Open House will be in the visitor center at Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station, 241 East Beach Rd., Westport, MA.

No need to RSVP, just drop in. We’d love to see you.
Any questions, email Tanja at [email protected].


A New Future for the WFA

The Westport Fishermen’s Association is merging with the Buzzards Bay Coalition in 2019. 

Since 1983, the Westport Fishermen’s Association (WFA) has been advocating for a healthy Westport River, especially for its marine habitat, at the grassroots level. Now 35 years later, the members and Board of the WFA determined that it was time to find a strong ally to continue and strengthen its legacy work. Because the WFA has had a long history of partnering with the Buzzards Bay Coalition (BBC) and the two organization missions are well aligned, it seemed like a natural fit. So when Jack Reynolds, WFA Board President approached Mark Rasmussen, President of the BBC, the idea of a merger was met with an enthusiastic yes.  Negotiations proceeded smoothly, culminating in unanimous approvals by both Boards last week.

Read the full press release here: WFA-BBC Merger Press Release 10-30-18


Paddleboard Winner!

Jerry Radzwilowicz from Colchester, CT was on hand (only the second time in 17 years of boat raffles!) at the WFA’s 35th annual clambake on Sept. 16, 2018 to win this year’s handbuilt Kaholo style paddle board. Jerry has never paddle boarded before, but he’s going to learn now! Congratulations Jerry and thanks to the many others who bought tickets to the raffle and helped us raise money to continue our advocacy work on behalf of the Westport River.


2018 Clambake sold out! “Westport Dawning” still on display

WFA’s Annual Clambake is sold out!

The Westport Fishermen’s Association 35th annual clambake on September 16th has reached capacity and no more tickets are available.

“Westport Dawning” still showing through September.

Our summer photo exhibit “Westport Dawning” is still available for viewing at Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station on Wednesday afternoons through Sept. 26th. Exhibit photos and note cards can be purchased on site. Check out this video for a preview.


2018 Continuing Scholarships Awarded

The Westport Fishermen’s Association is pleased to announce two 2018 recipients of $500 scholarships for continuing undergraduate college expenses. Lily Gelinas is a junior, studying Human Resource Management with a minor in Environmental Sustainability at Johnson & Wales University. Connor Brown will begin his sophomore year at University of Rhode Island, studying biomedical engineering with an additional interest in marine science. The WFA applauds these college students for their academic excellence and interest in environmental protection. The WFA recognizes the importance of continuing support for college students and awards continuing education scholarships to students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year.


Continuing Scholarship Applications due July 31

The Westport Fishermen’s Association recognizes the importance of ongoing support for college students and awards up to three continuing education $500 scholarships a year. The WFA Continuing Education Scholarship is open to incoming college sophomores, juniors and seniors. Undergraduate students can receive an award for up to four years, and do not need to be prior year recipients to apply. Preference is given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in river/environmental protection and history of volunteering with WFA or similar organizations.  Applicants must be Westport residents and/or sponsored by a current WFA member in good standing. Additional application criteria and instructions are online at  Deadline for submission is July 31, 2018. Awards will be announced in August and check will be disbursed at that time.

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Westport Dawning – Opening Reception June 30th

Westport Dawning – Opening Reception June 30th

The WFA is pleased to announce ‘Westport Dawning’, a new exhibit showcasing images of the Westport River by the dawn’s early light.

Beautiful large scale photos from Greg Stone will also be accompanied by pictures of the river at risk.  A wine & cheese reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit will be held on Saturday June 30th from 2 to 4 PM at the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station Visitor Center, 241 East Beach Rd. in Westport.

As Greg has said: “… Dawn. It is a time of hope and inspiration – a time of special beauty when the sky takes fire with nature’s light show, all of nature awakens, and the rivers, streams and marshes pulse with life. We need to celebrate that beauty and we need to preserve it. Let us recognize the multitude of the river’s gifts – gifts of spirit, gifts of recreation, and gifts of sustenance – and let us make sure we pass these treasures on down to future generations.”

Although the river and its salt marshes are resilient, they are under siege. With this show we hope you will appreciate the special wonder and value of the river and recognize the threats to its health. Then learn what steps you can take to be a river protector.

‘Westport Dawning’ will be on display at the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station Visitor Center, 241 East Beach Rd. in Westport during the peak summer season, from June 30th to Sept 2nd. The exhibit is FREE and open to the public on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12 to 4 pm. The photos as well as photo cards will be available for sale, with all proceeds supporting the WFA’s Clean Water fund.

‘Westport Dawning’ is funded in part by a grant administered by the Westport Cultural Council and funding from the Hanover Group Insurance Foundation.


WFA 2018 Merit Scholarships Awarded

The Westport Fishermen’s Association is pleased to announce three local recipients of the WFA Merit scholarship for 2018. Hana Tabit, Delaney Wilkinson and Maryjane Gelinas have each been chosen to receive a $650.00 award for academic and civic excellence.

Hana Tabit

Hana Tabit, daughter of Lucy and Richard Tabit of Westport, is graduating from Bishop Stang High School and will be studying chemistry at Worcester Polytechnic University. The scholarship committee noted her outstanding academics and extracurricular activities, as well as her stated commitment to “environmental protection for both land and marine wildlife alike.”

Delaney Wilkinson

Delaney Wilkinson is a 2018 graduate of Westport High School who plans to study nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She was described by the scholarship committee as impressive and well-rounded, with a love for our local waterways.

Maryjane Gelinas


Maryjane Gelinas of Westport, attended Bishop Stang High school and will begin studying business at Assumption College this fall. She has been a regular volunteer at Westport Fishermen’s Association events and in her essay, Maryjane described how she hoped to “spread the importance of issues related to improving water quality, preventing negative impacts on stream flow and preserving these habitats.”

The Board of Directors would like to extend their congratulations and wish Hana, Delaney and Maryjane much success in the future. The WFA would also like to recognize and thank all of our generous members, sponsors and community friends who donate or contribute Lees receipts to support our scholarship fund throughout the year.



Westport Summer Passport Now Available

The popular Westport Summer Passport is back for 2018! It is a fantastic way to take in Westport’s beautiful sights. This year, it’s all about water. Westport looks out on Buzzard’s Bay, and the east and west  branches of the scenic Westport River run through its landscape. The town boasts countless ponds, lakes, and brooks. Westport’s long history, economy, culture, natural environment, and leisure activities have been shaped by water.  Follow the easy self-guided Passport to experience Westport and all of its glorious water. Take family and friends and have a good time!

Be sure to visit Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station as one of your stops and check out the Westport Dawning photo exhibit on view June 30th to Sept 2nd on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12 to 4.

Download the Summer Passport here: passport2018web