Fish Locally Collaborative
The Fish Locally Collaborative is based on a give and take process where individuals and groups work together toward an intersection of common goals by sharing knowledge, learning, and building consensus. Leadership is not required in a collaborative process and can sometimes bring better results through full and equal participation from all collaborators.
WHO ARE WE
The Fish Locally Collaborative is a group of local fishermen, local fishing families, and local community-focused marine and social scientists, and fisheries advocates. Our mission is the recovery and maintenance of marine biodiversity through community-based fisheries.
HISTORY OF THE FISH LOCALLY COLLABORATIVE
The FLC builds upon the work of the Fleet Visioning Project created in December 2005. The Fleet Visioning Project united fishermen of mixed gear types and vessel sizes, scientists and fisheries advocates, and fishing community members, to create a shared vision for the future of New England fisheries. Over 300 people participated from a wide range of communities across New England.
THE FLEET VISION
A diverse, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable fleet that is managed through a participatory governance structure.
STRENGTHENING FISHING COMMUNITIES
By working together we build power. With power we create change. The FLC unites our fishing community members and recognizes the unique skills we bring to the table: Fishermen bring expert knowledge and direct experience; Advocates bring support and resources; and scientists, sociologists, and other academic experts provide important insights and data useful in talking to managers. Through a dynamic and flexible collaborative we achieve both policy that works and socio-economic-political power that lasts.
WHO MAKES THE DECISIONS
FLC members make the decisions. We seek to model a genuine participatory governance structure that is bottom up. The local fishermen and fishing communities who are most impacted by policies, changing markets, and ocean conservation are at the center of the decision making table.
CHANGE IN ACTION
We are working to transform both fisheries policies and markets for seafood. The FLC is currently focused on policy to ensure a level playing field for small and mid-scale fisheries and to ensure that access to the fishery be in the control of communities and not large-scale outside interests. On the market side, FLC members are working to build alternative marketing programs that bring more value to the fishermen, the ocean, local communities, and our food system. Programs include CSF, fish to school, and partnering with other institutional buyers.
JOIN THE FLC
If you share our vision of restoring and enhancing marine biodiversity through community-based fisheries we invite you to join us. Please contact Brett Tolley at email@example.com or 718-570-2377 for more information.