The Seamen's Bethel on Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. Photos/New England Boating, Tom Richardson

The Seamen’s Bethel on Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. Photos/New England Boating, Tom Richardson

SouthCoast Today: More than 100 people packed into the Whaling Museum for Saturday’s Taste of the Port event, which focused on creating a New Bedford Fishing Heritage Museum.

The collaboration between the Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE), New Bedford Port Society and Working Waterfront Festival has a mission to raise awareness and historical respect of the fishing industry through renovating the Mariners’ Home and part of the Seaman’s Bethel into a museum.

“The fishing industry hasn’t been recognized like the whaling and textile industries,” said Fred Toomey, president of the New Bedford Port Society.

Read more about the effort to raise funds for the creation of a fishing museum in New Bedford.

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