With help from the Fisheries Innovation Fund, fishermen on both coasts are developing the framework for a stronger and more sustainable industry.
Lynn Langford Walton of Washington
Here's what Lynn Langford Walton of the Ilwaco Fishermen and Marketing Cooperative in Washington State, a 2010 grant recipient, has to say about the program: "Support from the fund is allowing us to work more aggressively in the development of a program that is already helping us to access more target fish with fewer bycatch interactions. Though there is much still to do, this support is vital to our effort to establish a solid, replicable means of keeping our vessels and crews on the [fishing] grounds and working."
Rob Snyder of Maine
Rob Snyder of the Island Institute in Rockland, Maine, another 2010 grant recipient, says "Our project with Ecotrust supports a network of fishing community trusts across the country by providing new business, organizational management and planning tools that are essential to the economic viability of fishing communities in our current environment."