Letter to Editor: Judah’s Fish Market in Sebastian, The Tradition of Knowledge

Judah & Sons fish house along Indian River Drive in Sebastian, Florida.
Judah & Sons fish house along Indian River Drive in Sebastian, Florida.

Why is it important to save Judah’s fish market in Sebastian? The town’s history tells the story.

The Sebastian Inlet opens out to the Atlantic ocean. The influx of tidal water flushes the river with every tide. It regulates the salinity which is offset by the fresh water which empties down from the Sebastian River, especially after a heavy rain. It provides an avenue for the river fish to spawn in the deep ocean waters.

The health of the river is measured by the fish population, the mullet, the trout, the jacks, the snook, all of them. If the fish population is thriving the river is in balance. The local fishermen have an acute awareness of the health of the river, specifically the state of the river bottom, the temperature fluctuations, the accumulation of dead grasses, the preponderance of fresh water, the areas of pollution, and areas of flow or stagnation.

If we lose Judah’s we not only lose the marketplace, but also the place where all of this information is traded on a daily basis. anyone concerned with the health of the river should be concerned with the preservation of the marketplace for the fishermen.

We are on the verge of losing this vital link to the river that Judah’s Fish Market has provided for the past 70 years. We need to muster awareness and do what we can as a community to preserve this legacy and show our support and appreciation for the important role they play in preserving Sebastian as the fishing village it has always been. Loss of Judah’s constitutes an epic change in the dynamic of this towns relationship with the river. It is a sad situation, because they have the will to prevail, but are being forced to close.

When we lose the fisherman’s daily monitoring, born out of economic necessity, and enter a much less potent phase of intellectual conjecture derived from broad based scientific data. This dumbing down of our knowledge base can only diminish our ability to save the river.

Geoffrey Myers
Sebastian, FL

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.