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Updates from across the network

CFN Convening a success in Portland, Ore.

On November 14th and 15th, 25 CFN members and close network partners gathered in Portland, Ore., at the historic Heathman Hotel to help facilitate person-to-person learning and sharing of common problems, and discuss potential solutions to so that fishing communities - and the ocean resources we depend on - can thrive.  During the convening, members and guests delivered presentations, formed breakout groups, and held conversations on a variety of topics, from gear modifications, to working waterfronts initiatives, research projects, and cross-collaborative partnership opportunities. The convening also included a social networking dinner with more than 40 fisheries and food systems professionals at Ecotrust’s Natural Capital Center and a field trip to the Redd on Salmon Street, a newly established food hub in Portland’s Central East side. A special thanks to those who helped organize the meeting (Alan Lovewell, Kendra Jo Grindle, and Dick McGee). To those of you who could not make it, we very much missed your presence!

Check out this Facebook gallery for images from the convening and the tour at the Redd!


An award-winning group

CFN members Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA) and Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association (MCFA) both received grants in the latest round of funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation! ALFA will be supporting the next generation of Alaskan Fishermen through the expanding the “Deckhand Apprentice Program”, a state-wide apprentice program to promote resource stewardship, community viability, and opportunity in Alaska’s commercial fisheries. MCFA will be developing new approach to fishery trusts to help create the next generation of permit banking and fishery allocation trusts. The full list of grants is here.

ALFA is on fire…or “on ice” may be more appropriate. They are also the recipients of the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program. They will be building on previous collaborative work of the CFN to test quality and consumer perceptions of Fresh Frozen fish. In this work, ALFA will promote locally-caught frozen seafood by applying innovative technology to quantify the freshness of flash-frozen seafood; sharing and replicating fresh versus frozen taste-tests; and creating and widely distributing a multi-media Sustainable Seafood outreach toolkit. Full list of grants is here.


East Coast

AMCC re-opens search for executive director

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council has re-opened their search for an Executive Director. This is a great opportunity to lead a thriving nonprofit organization supporting sustainable fisheries, marine conservation, and strong communities. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to this vision and have a proven track record as a highly effective and collaborative team leader with demonstrated fundraising skills. Under the direction of a dedicated Board of Directors and working with a highly accomplished staff, the ED will lead the organization into the next chapter of a successful history. The salary range is $70-80,000, depending on experience. Applications are being accepted now and will be considered until the position is filled. Please share this opportunity widely!


West Coast

Teach kids to fish, San Diego

Peter Halmay may be 76, but retirement is the furthest thing from his mind. He works six days a week diving for sea urchins, organizing his catch, or doing boat work. He spends his day off speaking in front of fisheries managers or working on his latest endeavor—recruiting and educating a new generation of fishers through apprenticeships.

Halmay and Theresa Talley, a scientist from California Sea Grant at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, are in the early stages of developing the apprenticeship curriculum for future fishers in San Diego, California. They hope to have the first class paired with local captains and enrolled as part-time students at local colleges sometime in 2018. Read the whole story in Hakai Magazine.



Alaska Young Fishermen's Association

The Fishing Community Coalition and Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network are collecting signatures now, with the intention to send them in next month, to the Young Fishermen’s Development Act. The Young Fishermen’s Development Act aims to create a first-of-its-kind national program exclusively dedicated to assisting, educating, and training the next generation of commercial fishermen. This program would provide competitive grants to foster collaborative state, tribal, regional and local partnerships; promote mentorship opportunities for retiring fishermen and vessel owners; and provide support for regional training and education programs focused on accountable, sustainable fishing and sound business practices. Add your name to this letter, and please share that link with other supporters in your networks!  For reference, more details on the act can be found here.

Also from Alaska, the Alaska Young Fishermen's Network, with support from the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and the Alaska Humanities Forum, have been collaborating with fishermen from across the state to create The Alaska Young Fishermen's Almanac. The almanac features art, stories, advice and more from young fishermen across Alaska. The Salmon Sisters are now offering online purchasing of a beautiful first edition. To get a full download of information on support for young fishermen, check out this great article by National Fisherman.