(Photo: David La Spina for The New York Times)
Mark Marhefka is a second generation commercial fisherman, fishing off the shores of South Carolina. As of January 1, 2010 commercial and recreational fishing for most species of shallow-water grouper, as well as black sea bass, red porgy and red snapper, is closed in North Carolina, South Carolina, eastern Florida and Georgia for four to six months, after which strict catch limits will be imposed. Because of the ban, Mark has emphasized sustainable fishing and Community Supported Fisheries. He has introduced chefs to more sustainable fish varieties like triggerfish.