Working with Fishermen to Ensure Sustainable Seafood

"Effective sector management in New England is crucial to rebuilding severely depleted fish stocks and restoring the resources that support traditional fishing communities."

-Peter Baker, manager, New England Fisheries Campaign

Years of overfishing have brought significant consequences to one of New England's oldest industries. The campaign is working with key allies in the fishing community to create a sustainable future for this important industry.

Together with key allies in the fishing community, the Pew Environment Group's campaign to End Overfishing in New England is working to create a sustainable future for this important industry. Building on the sector system pioneered by the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association, which has brought better economic conditions to coastal communities, and scientific research and changes in fishing gear introduced by the Midcoast Fishermen's Association to reduce bycatch, we are working to improve the economic and environmental stability of the region's ocean resources.

Rebuilding New England's storied groundfish populations may take years, and the active involvement of fishermen is vital to our success.

Peter Baker, manager of the Campaign to End Overfishing in New England, praises the cooperation between fishermen and environmental groups, noting that working together and establishing effective sector management are "crucial to rebuilding severely depleted stocks and restoring the resources that support traditional fishing communities."