Local Fisherman Honored

Published by MM Editor on Tuesday, 19th June 2018 - 2:27PM


Newport, RI, — A pavilion will be renamed for a longtime steward of the city’s fishing efforts during a ceremony featuring state and local officials at: 

State Pier #9, 150 Long Wharf

Thursday, June 21, at 11 a.m.


Ronnie Fatulli posing with 30 pound lobster he caught in 1979 (photo Newport Lobster Shack)

A plaque will be presented to Ronnie Fatulli for his lifelong commitment to the commercial fishing industry in Newport, a love for the working waterfront and his successful efforts to establish a permanent commercial pier in the city.

Anticipated speakers for the program include Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit and lobstermen Bill Palumbo and Alan Eagles.

The event is hosted by the Newport Lobster Shack and Fishermen of Newport. The shack is a cooperative that allows Newport’s fishermen sell their catch directly to the public.

The Lobster Shack pavilion will be renamed the Ronnie Fatulli Pavilion in his honor as well.

“We are forever indebted to Ronnie for preserving a piece of the Newport waterfront for the commercial fishing industry,” said David Spencer, a member of the co-op and the captain of the F/V Nathaniel Lee. “This ceremony and dedication of the pavilion is our way of thanking him for all he’s done.”

The ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information on the co-op, visit NewportLobsterShack.com.

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