Bill Carlson, who has operated the historic fishery in Leland’s Fishtown since the late 1960’s, and his wife, Jennifer, have sold the business to the fifth generation of the Carlson family. The Carlsons have been fishing out of Leland since the early 1900’s. The buyer is a new enterprise organized by Nels Carlson, Bill’s nephew, and his business partner, Joe Campo. The closing of the transaction took place on September 6.
Nels Carlson said: “We are delighted to be in a position to carry on the family tradition in Fishtown and we are excited about the possibilities of expanding the business while maintaining the historic elements of the fishery operation. We have a number of ideas that, when implemented, should allow a longer season and new products and services. We are pleased that the Carlson name will continue to be associated with an operating fishery in Fishtown.”
The new enterprise will continue to operate out of the iconic fishery shanty in Fishtown, under a lease with Fishtown Preservation Society. Amanda Holmes, Executive Director of Fishtown Preservation, said: “Walking into The Carlson Fishery is a key element of the Fishtown experience. We are very pleased that this business will continue under Nels’ and Joe’s ownership and will ensure that the historic shanty is preserved so it can be used for its intended purpose. Having Carlson’s continue in this location is an important element in our mission—it is great for Fishtown and for the entire community.”