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“Boat-to-School” Programs Source Fresh Seafood for Students

New programs in three states support local seafood markets while educating children By Ann Guth November 7, 2016 | CivilEats A few years ago, Alan Lovewell had a vision. He wanted to replace the bland, deep-fried anonymous “fish” served in school cafeterias with flavorful, locally caught seafood—as a way to bring nutrition to the kids in his area, and help them understand where their food comes from. Lovewell had created a community supported fishery (CSF) subscription service called Real Good Fish, which provides local seafood direct to consumers, in much ...

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Strengthening a Network of Community Fishermen

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

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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.

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‘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.

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An evening with Paul Greenberg on sustainable fisheries

The first in a series of three Food Forums hosted by Ecotrust, Local Catch was keynoted by Paul Greenberg -- award-winning author and a leading voice for uncovering critical fisheries issues. Greenberg based his keynote on his findings from his latest book, American Catch, and took the audience along on his journey from a summer spent shocking juvenile salmon in Oregon rivers to the Fulton Fish Market in Manhattan and around the world exploring the ins and outs of the seafood market.

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Maine Association of Nonprofits Recognizes Penobscot East

Penobscot East Resource Center's work with fishermen, regulators and the scientific community reviving the Maine sea scallop fishery has been featured as one of eight return on investment case studies in the Maine Association of Nonprofits' (MANP) recently-released bienniel report that illustrates the essential contributions of Maine's nonprofits to the state's economy and quality of life

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Spiny Lobster is a big industry for our community-based fishermen in CA

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The markets for spiny lobster have been relatively calm in recent months, although steady increases in Chinese demand for spiny lobster has increased the prices for most sizes. U.S. exports of spiny lobster to China and Hong Kong (where most of the imports are subsequently smuggled to the Mainland) rose a modest 8% through the end of August to 522 metric tons, which represents about a third of all the spiny lobster landed by U.S. fishermen. Exports of live lobster to China and Hong Kong actually declined, while exports of frozen whole lobster jumped another 30%, surpassing ...

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Seafood Value Chain and Halifax Workshop

Hi everyone, Last week NAMA was up in Halifax to discuss the 'seafood value chain' at a workshop hosted by the Ecology Action Center. Beforehand I reached out to many of our FLC members to gather stories about how we're collectively working to improve our seafood value chain and shift policy. Our stories were so well received I wanted to share back a few of my impressions... Canada overall has a seafood chain that has been stripped of its value when it comes to local economies, price passed onto fishermen, and food access. Most wild seafood that is caught is shipped ...

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U.S. groups working to open more public access to Chesapeake

It’s so big that it can be seen from space — 11,684 miles of shimmering shoreline, equaling the distance of the entire West Coast, from Mexico to Canada. But in this boiling-hot summer, good luck trying to get your boat or your body into the refreshing waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Only 2 percent of the bay has public access points for kayaks, canoes, fishing, bathing and other recreation. And some of those places are so packed with visitors on sunny weekends that motorists are forced to drive away or wait until someone leaves. The development of farmland and ...

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New fishery could boost food security

The establishment of a new artisanal commercial fishery in Alaska could improve food security for the state, according to authors of a newly published article in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. “Currently, we manage all commercial fisheries as industrial fisheries, keeping the cost of entry high in order to prevent overfishing,” said Philip Loring, a researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “But if we carve out a small portion of these fisheries and regulate them differently, lower the cost of entry for small-scale ...

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