Fisheries Knowledge Exchange Webinar Series
We are pleased to share updates on the bi-monthly Fisheries Knowledge Exchange webinar series on local seafood distribution, small-scale fisheries, and coastal community development and more! These FREE webinars offer attendees the opportunity to hear best practices, tips for success, or simply learn more about new and innovative projects.
Date of next webinar: Wednesday, May 10, 12pm EST
Topic: Connecting to the CSA Movement
Join Judith Hitchman, President of URGENCI, and Elizabeth Henderson, founder of Peacework Organic CSA, one of the oldest CSAs in the United States, on May 10 at 12pm EDT, for a Knowledge Exchange Webinar as they share lessons from the Community Supported Agriculture movement that can bring insight, inspiration, and support to the growing movement of CSFs and values-based fishing businesses. Judith and Elizabeth will highlight the newly created Charter for CSAs and draw parallels to the Local Catch Core Values.
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2pm EST
Topic: Ideas for Overcoming Challenges, Selling Catch from Boat-to-Fork
Challenges to the sustainable economic growth of direct and alternative marketing arrangements were identified at the 2016 Local Seafood Summit held in Norfolk, VA. These challenges were narrowed to the top 5 barriers through a pairwise ranking survey sent to the LocalCatch.org network in Fall of 2016. Potential solutions and techniques to overcome these barriers will be discussed by a rural development economist, a member of New Hampshire Farm to School, Seaforth Fish Company, and others. The following topics will be discussed.
- Logistics – Strategies to gain access to processing, storage, and/or market
- Fair pricing of catch, for fishermen and customers
- Techniques for more efficient marketing
- Getting the most value for your product – understanding seafood trends
- Selling catch to schools
Date: July 27
Topic: Putting our Values to Work
This webinar will include an overview of the Core Values document that emerged from the Seafood Summit earlier this year. The 11-person values team has been working hard since the Summit to capture all our conversations and share values and is now excited to present back to the network. Also, as part of the webinar we'll hear directly from CSF operators and fishermen about how these values are showing up in their businesses and what are ways to operationalize our core values going forward.
Date: May 17
Topic: Seafood Aggregation & Hubs at Three Different Scales
This webinar featured three different examples of aggregation and hubs including
- A community-based CSF that aggregates local supply and distributes within that same community. (Thomas Hymel from Delcambre Direct Seafood in Louisiana);
- A state-wide CSF that sources from multiple communities within the state. (Kelly Harrell with the Catch of the Season, a project of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council);
- A new nation-wide tool for connecting seafood harvesters and purchasers, which was conceived during the February Seafood Summit. (Joe Falcone with Community Seafood Exchange)
Date: March 23rd
Topic: Recapping the 2016 Local Seafood Summit
Held in Norfolk, Virginia, the Summit brought together more than 100 fishermen, community representatives, researchers, and extension specialists for a two-and-a-half day conference. The event aimed to strengthen the LocalCatch.org network, establish a shared understanding of the core values that underlie direct marketing and community supported fisheries, and provide tools and knowledge to strengthen the economic viability of the network’s many innovative businesses. This webinar provided a summary of the summit and outlined the many opportunities for collaboration that came out of the event.