The commercial fishing sector in North America faces a number of challenges that make it increasingly difficult for community-based harvesters to sustain their livelihoods. Issues range from competition with cheap foreign imports to conflict with recreational anglers to interactions with protected species such as sea turtles, seals, and whales. These challenges are often further compounded by negative public perception and mistrust about the fishing industry. To address these issues, many community-based fishing operations are investing in local and direct marketing efforts as a way to make more for their catch and re-build relationships with their local communities. This has resulted in the proliferation of a range of novel marketing and distribution strategies. LCN aims to support and strengthen local and regional seafood systems by providing technical assistance through training, workshops, research, and 1-on-1 support to businesses and communities.
How can we help?
We offer technical assistance to small-scale fishing operations to facilitate access to state and federal funding to support local and regional seafood systems. Contact us to explore opportunities.
We work with fishing communities to envision and design innovative and community-based seafood distribution strategies. Most of this work is in North America, but we have worked with collaborators around the world to support ongoing efforts. Contact us to explore opportunities.