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: November 3
Topic: Fisheries Management: Best Available Science May Not Be Good Enough
How can we improve fish stock assessments and strengthen collaborative efforts between fishermen, scientists, and managers, even as the oceans are changing faster than we can understand? Big question with many answers. This Webinar will tackle this thorny question and provide some insight on potential solutions, including turning the current top-down management model on its head to allow a more collaborative, inclusive and dynamic approach to management. This type of approach would allow scientists, policymakers and fishermen working together to respond more quickly to regional climate-induced ecosystem shifts. The Webinar aims to set the stage for further constructive discussion on affecting change in fisheries management.
Date: May 10
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: April 12
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