CFN Regional Updates – July 2017
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Through the Fishing Communities Coalition, the Alaska Longline Fisherman's Association, Alaska Marine Conservation Council, Maine Coast Fisherman's Association and others have been sending fishermen to DC for two years to educate lawmakers about legislation that would support young fishermen across the country, and the legislation was introduced June. The bipartisan and bicoastal bill would give fishing communities a needed boost by addressing steep and growing obstacles – including high cost of entry and limited entry-level opportunities – facing the next generation of America’s commercial fishermen. Watch the video to learn more.
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After seven years at the helm of AMCC as the ED and more than 12 years on staff with the organization, Kelly Harrell is expanding her professional horizons. She will start a position with Ecotrust, based in Anchorage, as the Director of Fisheries and Coastal Communities.
Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association
ALFA has recently become involved with a (work-in-progress) program called Fish 101, which was created to educate non-fisherfolk about Alaska's fisheries. Fish 101 serves as a 0-60 crash course in Alaska fisheries and fisheries management. By translating fish jargon into clear, accessible — maybe even fun? — language, we want to make Alaska’s diverse stakeholders excited and empowered about getting involved.
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Bowdoin College’s Eileen Johnson will be collaborating with the Island Institute to help Maine’s 120 coastal and island communities cope with battering storm surges and rising sea levels. Johnson joins the Island Institute will and 150 partners — including The University of Maine, Maine Sea Grant, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Maine Coastal Program, Darling Marine Center and Knox County Emergency Management — to identify risks to Maine’s working waterfront. The grant will enable the organizations to develop an inventory of available resources to help towns grapple with environmental changes, as well as identify communities that have already put in place successful strategies.
Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries
The Board of Directors of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF) is pleased to announce that Paul Anderson will join the nonprofit in September and assume executive director duties on January 1st. Anderson will succeed founding Executive Director Robin Alden, who is stepping down after 14 years at the helm of MCCF, formerly known as Penobscot East Resource Center.
Port Clyde Fresh Catch
While the winter season is always slow Port Clyde Fresh Catch experienced a 50% increase in business growth over previous years due to the expansion of the crab market and the continued outreach to many more local fishermen who are now supplying them with crabs. Growth in May was more than 100% over last year and June projections are expected to exceed that percentage for the June time frame. 2016 vs 2017 Fresh Catch suppliers were limited to Port Clyde when we started this experiment and now range over a fairly large area of the Maine coast.
In addition, congratulations to Glen Libby on the publication of a book he co-authored with a local photographer entitled "Caught" that he completed while in the hospital a few months ago. Recently, the book won the John N. Cole award for the best Maine themed nonfiction book by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and contains many detailed passages about what to expect should one travel down the road of seafood marketing and processing.
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Real Good Fish
Real Good Fish announced that the company is one of 65 projects to receive significant support this year through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School Grant Program. The grant program is intended to strengthen connections between schools and local farmers – or, in this case, local fishermen. Real Good Fish received $95,000 to support its innovative Bay2Tray program, one of the only channels through which school districts can purchase locally-caught seafood to serve to students.