Harvesters’ Chris Brown to Attend State of the Union

January 28, 2018 - Published in News Clippings

Harvesters’ President Chris Brown and Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in the wheelhouse of Brown’s boat, the F/V Proud Mary

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s guest of honor at the State of the Union Tuesday will be a Narragansett fisherman with four decades fishing out of Point Judith.

Whitehouse on Saturday announced his choice to join him Tuesday night in Washington as Chris Brown, president of the Rhode Island Commercial Fishermen’s Association. In a news release, Whitehouse said his pick comes weeks after President Donald Trump moved to expand oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic Coast — a move that the senator says will imperil the Rhode Island commercial fishing industry and its coastal economy.

Brown has been a commercial fisherman since 1978. He serves as president of the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island and the Seafood Harvesters of America, a national commercial fishermen’s group that promotes sustainable fishing and responsible stewardship of the ocean’s resources.

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