“Commercial fishing has shaped my character and identity, just as it has that of Cape Cod. In order for our local, small-boat fleet to thrive, we need the Fishermen’s Alliance to represent fishermen’s interests in policy and management. Their work allows fishermen to stay on the water, while cooperatively working towards a sustainable industry.”
Stephanie joined the Fishermen’s Alliance in July 2020 after being an active industry member for four years. A native of Harwich, she is at home on the water. A published scientific author, she spent four years researching the American lobster through the University of New Hampshire, where she earned her Honors BS degree in Marine, Estuarine, and Freshwater Biology. She holds her Merchant Mariner Credential from the U.S. Coast Guard and has worked on tugboats in the northeast. She also worked as a biologist for NH Fish and Game’s Marine Division and as a fisheries observer for NOAA, but her true passion lies with the commercial fishing industry.
She has experience gillnetting for monkfish, skates, dogfish, and groundfish, and trap fishing for lobster, conch and black sea bass. Before joining our staff, she assisted the Fishermen’s Alliance in fisheries policy - lobbying in Washington D.C., speaking at Meet the Fleet events, and supporting our Fishermen’s Training Program. Stephanie oversees the Fishermen’s Training Program, assists with the Cape Cod Fisheries Trust, and advocates for fisheries policies on behalf of the local small-boat fleet.
Stephanie Sykes, Program and Outreach Coordinator