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Fisheries & Seafood

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
10/29/14
You’ve gotten pretty good at making choices that maximize your consumption of local meats, dairy, and vegetables. You’ve learned how to weigh the options, you’ve learned how to modify your recipes to what’s available, and you’re feeling pretty good. Now you want to be sure that you’re eating local seafood. You ask the person at the seafood store or at your grocers’ counter w here their fish came
10/15/14
What is food sovereignty? I come from a four-generation commercial fishing family and while growing up I’d never heard the term – food sovereignty. But since then, I’ve come to understand that food sovereignty was actually embedded in most of my family’s culture and conversation and I just didn’t know it. My first memory of food sovereignty happened at age 8, when at a family cookout, as usual,
10/6/14
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is hearing this month about the need to protect working waterfronts against the incursions of real estate development. Members of the Fish Locally Collaborative and other supporting organizations from the farming community are joining the fishing industry in Gloucester to urge the state to reject any proposals from Gloucester or other ports that would weaken the
9/7/14
Congratulations to the 17 awardees of the 2014 LASA Grants. The LASA Advisory Committee received over 90 applications in this first funding year, for a total of $1.4 million in requested funds (there was $210,000 available). The RIFPC looks forward to tracking the progress of each of these 17 LASA awardees over the next few months to see how these projects grow. 2014 LASA Grants Program Awardees

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