Joe Taranto Seafood Co.

Joe Taranto Seafood Co.
 
I have photographed this building many, many times as well as taking every workshop group to it during our workshops here. It has been photographed and painted hundreds if not thousands of times in all likelihood. I don’t know if I have ever shared the history of Joe Taranto Seafood Co. though. Joseph Taranto met his wife, Madeline, in Apalachicola and opened the Taranto Seafood Company in 1923. A son, Anthony, was born in 1932. As a child Anthony worked for his father in the seafood house and eventually took over the business as an adult. The current building was built in the 1940s and was operational until the late 1990s when Anthony retired and no one in the family wanted to take it over. The building still stands on Water Street and survived Hurricane Michael. You can see some of the roof was damaged, but the structure survived the surge and winds. Years ago my group photographed a man named Mike who was at one time the Harbor Master for Apalachicola during the “good years” of fishing. He told us the story of how the fishing industry started failing when fresh water didn’t flow down the Apalachicola River like it used to flow. Towns up river in Alabama and Georgia, with rivers like the Chattahoochee empty into the Apalachicola River, and without that perfect combination of fresh and salt water the estuary suffered. The fishing industry started to disappear in the late 80s and 90s. He told us how he had been living behind Taranto Seafood building for many years on the boat dock. He remembered it closing with the decline in the industry. Today, Apalachicola’s fishing and oyster industry is suffering greatly and many of the oyster houses there actually process oysters from as far away as Galveston. How long will it be before one of our greatest gifts, the Apalachicola Bay, will cease to exist as a fishery?
 
Tamron 18-200mm Di-III VC lens on a Canon M100, Manual Exposure mode, f5, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/100th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #BearWoodsPhotography

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