This November AMCC staff traveled to the lovely seaside town of Monterey, California to attend an in-person gathering of the Community Fisheries Network (CFN). This was the third in-person meeting of the CFN that AMCC has attended since joining the network in 2011.
The CFN was created to advance the needs of small-scale fisheries and fishing communities through collaboration and peer-to-peer sharing of experience and knowledge. Themes this year that groups are grappling with across the country included electronic monitoring, supporting the next generation of fishermen, the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification, and developing new ways to market and brand local seafood. As usual, it was a rich and rewarding experience to share our common challenges and carve out solutions.
We were especially psyched to get more acquainted with the local host for the meeting Real Good Fish (formerly Local Catch Monterey). Led by fish-loving founder Alan Lovewell, Real Good Fish is making waves across the country for their innovative work to deliver more local seafood in California including to schools. They recently received the Kaplan Innovation Prize award for their work and are a 2015 Finalist for the Good Food Award. Find out more about the Community Fisheries Network and its members at: www.communityfisheriesnetwork.org