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Whenever my hunter-gatherer jones becomes too much to bear, I make for the frozen-food section and grab a box of Mrs. Paul’s fish sticks. They taste great dipped in ketchup, but they’re also (along with some other fish products) the only hunted food on sale at the local Safeway. At the two-day symposium “What’s the Catch? Fish, Shellfish, and Fisheries in America,” panelists will explain the importance of fish and fishing in American history, in American communities, and in the American diet. Saturday’s programs conclude with two hours of short documentary films, including one about the rhyming fishmongers at Washington’s Maine Avenue market, beginning at 3:30 p.m. From 10:15 a.m.-9 p.m. today and 10:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of American History’s Carmichael Auditorium, 14th & Constitution Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (Bill Gifford)