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Fisheries & Seafood

5/4/15
As the son of a commercial fisherman I feel a deep connection to those who risk their lives at sea and so I take very seriously the mayday distress call. That said, if there was ever a moment that warranted distress over the state of our ocean commons and fishing livelihoods, that moment became crystal clear for me following last week’s events at the New England Fishery Management Council meeting
4/20/15
In July, the Boston Public Market will open on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston. Lots of cities have public markets – you might be familiar with Reading Terminal in Philadelphia, Pike Place in Seattle, or Chelsea Market in New York City. You might have visited a public market in cities around the world like Santiago, Chile, Modena, Italy, or Old Delhi, India. Public markets
4/16/15
Bringing communities together with climate and marine scientists to understand predictive capabilities and information needs Report from the Workshop in the Island Institute's Climate of Change Series on December 18, 2014 This past December, the Island Institute held a "Predictive Capabilities Workshop" which brought together over 100 climate and marine scientists, fishermen, and other marine
4/2/15
By Chuck Ross, Secretary Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets The clean water bill currently under consideration in the Vermont House of Representatives (House Bill 35) is a vital step forward for Vermont’s efforts to address the problem of polluted storm water runoff into our lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. This bill addresses the problem of excess nutrients and sediment that
3/2/15
Why the Struggle of Family Fishermen, Fishworkers, and Allies Matters to Me Seeking a quiet spot to talk while away on family vacation, my sister and I sit cross-legged on a gravel driveway. We’re sweaty and attracting a swarm of mosquitoes. She listens as I describe unknown variables in my decision making algorithm, “ I know and am concerned about factory farming and agribusiness but I don’t
2/19/15
The purpose: To provide healthy and local proteins to students, to support NH fishermen by developing new markets for sustainable species of fish caught in the Gulf of Maine, and to educate the next generation of fish eaters and consumers. The project: Get fish caught by a NH fisherman onto to the lunch trays of schools on the seacoast. The project began with a fish tasting by school food service
2/9/15
NOAA thinks climate change is serious enough to propose a massive 5-year strategy aimed at better understanding the impact on fisheries and how to prepare for and adapt to those impacts. It may be a case of too little too late, but it’s better than blithely ignoring the problem. The National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA’s fisheries agency, released a draft of the detailed strategy this month
2/5/15
Local food movements are trending across the country. For some, it’s the next “in” thing to do, but for many Vermonters, supporting local agriculture has been a way of life long before it was trendy. So where does the term “food system” fit in when talking about local food? Everyone from academics to government officials are referring more to food systems when discussing sustainable agriculture,
11/24/14
The New England Fishery Management Council voted at their meeting on Tuesday, November 18 th in Newport, RI on the groundfish fleet diversity amendment, a draft policy that members of the Fish Locally Collaborative have worked on over the past four years. Here is Aaron Dority’s report back from the council meeting. New England groundfish fleet diversity protections The purpose of last week’s
11/5/14
Policy decisions and market mechanisms that turned farms into food production machines with grave ecological, health and economic consequences are being mirrored on the marine side. Fishing is being turned into a highly extractive industry with similar consequences. We have to rock the boat to undo these policies and upgrade the seafood market in support of community based fishermen who have the

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