Harvesters Statement on the Passing of Vice President William Ward

December 18, 2019 - Published in News Clippings

The Seafood Harvesters of America extend our deepest sympathies to the family of William Ward who suddenly passed away on Friday night. With a long history in the commercial fishing industry, Will selflessly served our organization as a board member representing the Gulf Fishermen’s Association and we are grateful for his devoted service.

As a lawyer, Will used his platform to conserve and protect the natural resources he loved and he worked to ensure fair and just treatment under the law for his clients. Outside of the courtroom, Will spent his time running his seafood business and advocating tirelessly for the commercial fishing industry in Florida and in Washington, DC.

As Vice President of the Harvesters’ Board of Directors, Will’s unique perspective and voice helped lead our organization on issues ranging from accountability to vessel safety to seafood promotion. He was a firm believer that every American should have access to the freshest, most sustainable seafood harvested in our nation’s waters and worked each day to protect that access. Will was, undoubtedly, a dedicated and passionate voice for our organization and for the industry across the country.

We are heartbroken to hear the news of Will’s passing and offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.


Will holding up his bull red caught in Galveston, TX at our annual meeting in October.