Pete Cardone, who used his extensive experience as a chef to become a successful and respected food broker and founded New York-based Harbor Seafood, has died.

Pete Cardone, Harbor Seafood founder and chairman. Photo: Harbor Seafood

He passed away on Aug. 21, and was remembered as a a seafood "pioneer" by the National Fisheries Institute (NFI).

Christian Limburg, president of Harbor Seafood, told IntraFish in 2016 it was Cardone's "passion, love and drive" for his business, that inspired Limburg himself to pursue a career in the industry.

NFI praised Cardone's charitable efforts in particular.

"Few NFI members could resist the 'Cardone Call' when he would telephone asking they support a charitable cause," NFI President John Connelly said.

Cardone is a past chairman of NFI.

Founded by Cardone in 1975, Harbor Seafood offers a range of seafood products. Aside from specializing in diverse crab species, the company also sells a variety of finfish, shellfish, cephalopods, and value-added items.