2014 in Review - Working Together
The Fishermen's Alliance is proud to be on the cutting edge of innovation within sustainable fisheries management.
Scoop on Skates
This past spring, a small group of Cape Cod commercial fishermen received an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to catch barndoor skates. This is an unparalleled opportunity for our fleet to be directly involved in all levels of the management of this rebounding fishery. Through this permit, our fishermen are collecting valuable biological and economic information that will help scientists, managers, and fishermen better understand barndoor skate populations in the region and shape future management strategies.
Participating Cape Cod commercial fishermen have collected data on nearly 500 barndoor skates and are excited to gather more information over the course of the year. This data will provide a comprehensive picture of their current population levels. We are excited to be a part of this important collaborative research and look forward to providing credible, relevant science that can inform current and future fishery management.
Counting on Conch
In the recent past, the fishery for channeled whelk – or conch –has developed into a record-breaking industry in New England and around the world. Despite the drastic expansion of this fishery, little is known about conch populations of Cape Cod. To address this research gap, the Fishermen's Alliance has created a plan to collect data on the abundance and distribution of conch in Cape Cod waters. This project, which will be rolled out in this spring, will greatly improve our understanding of conch population dynamics in the area - and arm us with critical information to inform future conch management decisions.