BOSTON (WHDH) - Despite the high temperatures, seafood lovers flocked to the first Boston Seafood Festival since before the pandemic began, at the country’s oldest working fish pier.

“This is the iconic center of the seafood industry,” one attendee said.

To fight the heat’s effect on the catches of the day, Chris Basile of the Boston Fisheries Foundation said the staff working the festival brought their own electricity, refrigeration, ice and state-of-the-art equipment to prepare the seafood.

The event’s organizers said the planning for Seafood Fest takes a year, so they’re ready for anything New England weather may throw at them.

“Rain or shine, we’re here,” Basile said.

The festival supplied free water, massive cooling fans and shade tents, and State Troopers handed out ice cream.

Peter Tocci cooled his dog Matteo down with water, and kept him in a backpack so he didn’t have to walk on the hot ground.

A man working the fry station said the heat was “brutal.”

He said he stays cool by drinking lots of water and taking breaks– which experts said are key steps for those working outside.

Boston EMS said they usually see a 15 – 20% increase in calls during heat emergencies. They’re reminding people to stay hydrated, drink water, limit time outside to the early and late parts of the day, use showers, shade, air conditioning and fans to cool off and call for help if they spot signs of heat exhaustion.

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