Danny Cohen, founder of Atlantic Capes, passes away

Published on
November 23, 2018

Daniel Myer Cohen, the founder and former CEO of Atlantic Capes Fisheries, passed away on 20 November.

Cohen, 63, died after battling cancer, according to an obituary published by Saving Seafood.

Cohen founded Cape May, New Jersey, U.S.A.-based scallop and clam-focused firm Atlantic Capes Fisheries in 1976, growing it into a vertically integrated firm with additional facilities in Maryland, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

In October 2018, Atlantic Capes appointed longtime employee Jeffrey Bolton to replace Cohen as CEO. 

National Fisheries Institute President John Connelly lauded Cohen’s legacy in a statement.

"Danny Cohen … was uniquely committed to both the sustainability of the resource and the sustainability of his employees. Danny was influential in organizing efforts to promote the sustainable harvest of clams, scallops, and other seafood. He took a long-term view of the fisheries and encouraged a balance between industry and environment that would prove an instrumental equilibrium for crew, vessels, and the fish,” Connelly said. “Even as Atlantic Capes grew to a multi-species company with dozens of boats, a fleet of trucks and hundreds of employees, his strategy and steady leadership remained the same.”

Connelly noted Cohen’s service as chairman of NFI’s Scientific Monitoring Committee and as a member of the NFI Clam Committee.

“His foresight, innovation, commitment, and his unforgettable laugh, will be missed,” Connelly said.

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