Our Partners: Unusual Allies Form Innovative Partnerships

Source Organization: Pew Environment Group

12/02/2010 - Our campaign partners with commercial fishing groups, environmental nonprofits and independent scientists to ensure that we meet our shared goals of helping prevent overfishing and protecting the livelihood of fishermen while groundfish populations are being rebuilt. The work of these fishermen inspires us: They care deeply about the sustainability of the resource and work hard to constantly minimize their impact while making a living on the water.

Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association
“Hook” members have generated a unique conservation perspective (PDF) in response to detrimental changes they have witnessed firsthand on the water. They believe that by protecting fish populations and critical seafloor habitats, you can improve fishing jobs and bring better economic vitality to fishing communities.

Midcoast Fishermen’s Association (MFA)
MFA fishermen have scientifically researched and adopted gear changes that were found to significantly reduce bycatch and lessen habitat impact. Now, they get a better price for catching lower volumes of higher quality fish, which led them to create the first community supported fishery in the country.

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)
CLF protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. CLF’s tenacious advocacy on behalf of New England’s historic fisheries has resulted in new, science-based approaches that are working to rebuild critical groundfish stocks and create a sustainable fishing industry for generations to come.

In 2007, public interest law firm Earthjustice began representing local fishermen before federal regulators and in the courts to help protect fishing communities and rebuild fish populations. They represent fishermen who use more sustainable fishing gear and want to be stewards of the ocean for the future.

Island Institute 
The Island Institute, based in Rockland, Maine, collaborates with fishermen, scientists and governmental agencies to help rebuild stocks to a level that can sustain healthy fisheries in the Gulf of Maine  as well as the communities that depend on them.

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