Exploring Sustainable Fisheries on America's Working Waterfront | Working Waterfronts
Kicking off a series on America's sustainable fisheries!
The United States is a leader in sustainable seafood due to its reliance on strong science, responsive management and enforced compliance. The three concepts of fishery management work together to ensure that this industry is thriving and that stocks are available for future generations. A litany of disturbances and global threats have challenged this system and forced many in the industry to seek alternative solutions in order to maintain a living and avoid collapsing the delicate balance of fresh and saltwater fisheries. This episode is the first in a series that will focus on Sustainable and Resilient Fisheries. For the next handful of episodes we are going to explore:
- What sustainable fisheries are and what specifically makes a fishery sustainable?
- We will learn about the current state of the Nation’s working waterfronts; and, what it means for our fisheries?
- And, we will meet several key players from across the fishing industry, from regulators and scientists, to fishermen and activists.
Up first, I am talking with Monique Coombs, the Director of Community Programs from the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association. She has a long history living and working on the coast and directly engages with commercial fishermen to protect and preserve the working waterfront. This conversation will help set the stage for this series by providing a high level overview of the commercial fishing industry, obstacles fishermen are facing and how consumers can support the industry to ensure longevity.