Introducing a new way of thinking
Fisheries management is moving in a new direction, and the Fishermen’s Alliance is excited to be partnering with local fishermen and industry leaders to support the new paradigm.
The traditional fisheries management strategy has been to focus on each species in isolation, but the new approach that is being embraced across the country is something called Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management.
In this new system, the entirety of an ecosystem - food fish, small schooling fish, predators, other marine life and humans - are taken into account, as are changing climate conditions and environmental factors. It provides opportunities to rebuild habitats and fish populations, diversify fishing businesses and better understand the entirety of the marine environment.
Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management is now the cornerstone of NOAA Fisheries’ efforts to sustainably manage the nation’s marine resources. This presents a great chance for fishermen to get involved and be part of the transformation of New England’s fisheries management.
We encourage anyone with vital interests in the fishing industry, especially fishermen, to get involved by staying informed as the process unfolds, sharing your vast knowledge of our ocean and speaking out to educate and influence fisheries management decision makers.
Contact the Fishermen’s Alliance for information on upcoming meetings, opportunities for comments and public hearings related to Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management. 508.945.2432