The Fishing Communities Coalition (FCC) is an association of community-based, small-boat commercial fishing groups, representing more than 1,000 independent fishermen and business owners from Maine to Alaska, who share a commitment to the sustainable management of America’s fishery resources. The FCC was formed to strengthen and unify the individual voices of its member organizations. Together, FCC works to support thriving commercial fisheries in each of our local communities, while acting as strong stewards of the marine environments off our shores.
FCC's member organizations strive to increase the economic viability of small-boat commercial fishing in their regions in innovative ways. From the Sector Management approach in New England to the red snapper Quota Bank in the Gulf of Mexico to Community Supported Fisheries in Alaska, these fishing-focused initiatives help to rebuild fish populations by increasing catch accountability and minimizing wasteful discards—all while keeping fishermen out on the water and in business. The FCC and its members are committed to partnering with other stakeholders to apply conservation-minded solutions to local, regional, and national fisheries management issues.
The Marine Fish Conservation Network is a coalition of commercial and recreational fishing associations, regional and national conservation groups, aquaria, and marine science organizations committed to sustaining fish populations, healthy marine ecosystems, and fishing communities. Our goal is to maintain and strengthen the conservation and management objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
They are committed to ending overfishing, rebuilding fish populations, and fostering a fisheries management system that protects vibrant marine ecosystems and the thriving local communities that depend on them.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional councils established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 1976 to manage fisheries in the 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone.
Together, the eight councils:
Develop and amend fishery management plans for approval/implementation by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce
Set annual catch limits and accountability measures based on the best available science
Develop research priorities with scientists and stakeholder/industry partners
Adhere to MSA’s mandate and 10 National Standards; prevent overfishing; balance resource conservation with achieving optimum yield for domestic fisheries
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WE WORK WITH
NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean resources and their habitat. They provide vital services for the nation: productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems—all backed by sound science and an ecosystem-based approach to management.
U.S. fisheries are among the world’s largest and most sustainable. Seafood harvested from U.S. federally managed fisheries is inherently sustainable as a result of the U.S. fishery management process. Using the Magnuson-Stevens Act as the guide, NOAA Fisheries works in partnership with Regional Fishery Management Councils to assess and predict the status of fish stocks, set catch limits, ensure compliance with fisheries regulations, and reduce bycatch.
NOAA Fisheries, also known as the National Marine Fisheries Service, is an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration within the Department of Commerce. They have five regional offices, six science centers, and more than 20 laboratories around the United States and U.S. territories, and work with partners across the nation.