Local Catch Network Webinars

Understanding USDA Funding & Resources | January 26, 2021 |  USDA will share information about funding and resources to support seafood businesses engaged in local and direct seafood marketing.


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Building a future of resilient, community-based seafood systems| November 18, 2020 |  The purpose of this forum is to highlight innovation, entrepreneurship, and resilience in local seafood systems and small-scale fisheries during the past 9 months.


Resources for the fishing industry during COVID-19 | April 8, 2020 |  The purpose of this forum was to hear from government officials and other technical assistance providers about resources for the seafood industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Local Catch Network Open Forum | March 31, 2020 |  The purpose of this forum was to give fishermen, community organizers, and other interested parties across North American an opportunity to share updates, lessons learned, and critical information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 200 participants joined the discussion.


Slow Fish 101 | January – September, 2019 | This webinar series was developed as a collaborative response to the reports, by the Associated Press and others, of seafood fraud and violations of principles that support the local seafood movement and values-based fishing businesses. During this webinar series, we’ll dive into these complex and alarming issues. Some important questions to consider: How do we, as a community, hold each other accountable for violations of the Core Values that advance the movement? How do we instill, grow, rebuild, and repair trust throughout the (sea)food supply chain?

Role of the Consumer: Building relationships for better seafood supply chains

September 23, 1:30 pm ET/ 10:30 am PT


On Sept. 23, 2019, we explored the consumer’s role in the seafood supply chain. Is it inherently passive, or should consumers take a more active role in knowing where their seafood comes from? How do fish harvesters, chefs, distributors, institutions and others in the supply chain engage consumers in the conversation about why they should know their fisherman, or at least their fishmonger/chef/etc., and the backstory of their seafood? How can fishermen get to know their customers better and build relationships with them?

Finally, how can we help consumers find better access to local/regional, responsibly harvested seafood? In the end, knowledge is power. And as stakeholders, we need to help consumers see why and how that matters. Join the discussion as fishermen, chefs and consumer advocates talk about everything from community supported fisheries and pop-up markets to ecolabel confusion and efforts to get consumers to own their relationship to the seafood they eat.


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Boat to Chef: Building relationships for better seafood supply chains

May 30, 2019 @ 3:00pm ET/ 12:00pm PT


Fish harvesters and chefs are adapting to a new seafood supply chain paradigm. Direct sales mean more personal relationships, better understanding of each other’s needs and generally higher revenues. Fish harvesters have to deal with everything from regulations, to seasonality to changing environmental factors. Chefs have to deal with consumer tastes, fluctuating pricing and customer education.

How do you bridge the gap and provide local, responsibly harvested seafood to a willing customer base while supporting local fish harvesters? What are the benefits and challenges of doing so?

In this webinar, we’re going to hear from chefs and fish harvesters who have forged direct relationships that bring seafood one step closer to the consumer, eliminate the risk of fraud and uphold the core values that matter.

Join the conversation on May 30 at 3 p.m. to hear:

  • Fisherman Lance Nacio and Chef Dana Honn of Café Carmo in New Orleans talk about their strategy for providing local Gulf of Mexico shrimp and underutilized wreck fish to Carmo’s customers;
  • Fish harvester Amy Grondin of Washington state talk about her efforts to develop communities of fishermen-chef networks in Seattle, and the overall benefits to date;
  • Chef Kevin Gibbons at U Mass Amherst explain the network of fishermen he sources responsibly harvested, regional seafood from to feed thousands of students.

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Where Innovation, Technology, and Values Meet

March 6, 2019 @ 3:00pm ET/ 12:00pm PT


Supporting Local Catch and Slow Fish seafood supply chain values, in the face of increasing fraud and co-optation, is not a simple task. In previous webinars we’ve discussed a ‘community accountability’ concept as one under-explored solution area to combat fraud and its root causes. Technology and innovation have the potential to combat fraud and support ‘community accountability’. However, some new technologies are controversial, such as onboard monitoring which, untethered to any suite of values, may unintentionally benefit those with the largest ecological footprint and displace those with the smallest. Other supply chain technologies, such as QR codes and real-time vessel tracking, are quickly growing while opportunities and challenges are still coming to light.

This webinar will dive into questions of whether and how existing and emerging technologies can reinforce values such as traceable and simple supply chains, community-based fisheries, fair price and access, honoring the ocean, and eating with the ecosystem.

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Building Accountability in Seafood

Jan 23, 2019 @ 2:30pm ET/ 11:30pm PT


What is the legal framework in the US that defines seafood fraud and how do we enforce these laws? Turns out it’s a complex system involving multiple agencies with different standards,  resources, and priorities. This webinar will focus on current systems for combating fraud, some of the inherent challenges, and what we can do to address some of those challenges. Join Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) and a panel of experts who help make the policy, who understand how we enforce it, and who work to bring about meaningful change discuss what’s at stake and why we need to have these conversations.

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Good, Clean, Fair Seafood Supply Chains

Oct 4, 2018


The goal of this webinar was to initiate a discussion on the domestic seafood system’s transformation toward a more localized, transparent, trustworthy connection between fish harvesters and consumers via open, honest dialogue about current challenges and collaboration on how to address them. We heard from community organizers, fishermen, and seafood dealers about opportunities and challenges facing values-based seafood systems.

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