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Fisheries Knowledge Exchange Webinar Series

Learn more about conversations hosted by Local Catch on a variety of topics relevant to community fisheries across the nation.

CFN Regional Updates for April 2016

Starting in February 2016 and continuing every other month, we will be collecting and sharing updates from all of our Network members. The following is a suite of regional updates from April 2016.

CFN Regional Updates for February 2016

Starting in February and continuing every other month, we will be collecting and sharing updates from all of our Network members. The beginning of 2016 has been an especially busy time, and we have many updates to share!

Ensuring a Future for American Seafood and Fishermen

A national program that partners with federal, state and local organizations and agencies to provide increased opportunities for the next generation of commercial fishermen, similar to what our friends in the agriculture community have access to, could be a groundbreaking step in protecting the stability of our coastal fishing communities and our seafood supply chain.

Strengthening a Network of Community Fishermen

Fishermen and fishing organizations from around the nation come together to share a vision of healthy fishing communities and a healthy ocean.

Community Supported Fishery Wins Grant

The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA) has received a $4,500 grant to expand Alaskans Own, a community-supported fishery program. The grant comes from Northwest Farm Credit Services, which awards grants to rural communities three times a year.

If Alaska’s leaders put ‘fish first,’ we’ll prosper for generations

As all Alaskans know, the foundation of our sustainable fisheries is habitat. Alaska’s position as a world leader in fisheries sustainability and top producer of wild seafood is a clear result of the fact that we have the most intact, continuous and unaltered freshwater and marine habitat in the world. However, protecting that habitat demands constant vigilance. If today’s leaders and policymakers don’t continue the tradition, that leadership position will be lost.

Faking Out Whales

In many parts of the world, people take boats to go whale watching. In places like the Gulf of Alaska, it can work the other way. There, sperm whales often go “boat watching” and follow fishermen. The clever mammals have learned to snatch black cod off longlines before crews can haul their catch of fish out of water. To stop these “lunch line” raids, a group of commercial fishers teamed up with scientists to find ways to keep their catch. They described how to distract whales, without harm, this week. Their tool: Noise.

‘Jig’ gear: a better way to catch ground fish – Maine Fishermen could adopt tool that’s worked well in Alaska

In Maine, several organizations are looking into similar approaches to emphasize gear type and quality in the marketplace, including Port Clyde Fresh Catch’s ongoing community supported fishery. Through these methods, fishermen hope they can turn some of the emphasis away from how many fish they catch, to how they are caught.

Monterey Gathering Unites AMCC with Community Based Fishing Groups

This November AMCC staff traveled to the lovely seaside town of Monterey, California to attend an in-person gathering of the Community Fisheries Network (CFN). This was the third in-person meeting of the CFN that AMCC has attended since joining the network in 2011.