Day boat operators from New Hampshire, Gloucester, the South Shore, and Chatham joined scientists from the Northeast Consortium and GMRI at the Innovations in Fishing Operations workshop, held in Beverly, MA on April 11 and 12. The workshop focused on opportunities for fishing operations to reduce fuel consumption, improve selectivity, and increase yields. Ideas discussed at the workshop included energy audits, gear selectivity innovations, and supply chain collaboration.
Participating fishermen identified areas of critical need to succeed under sector management, such as: access to funding sources for vessel and gear investments, stability in stock assessments, addressing the cost of at-sea and dockside monitoring, and business planning support. Conversations around supply chain collaboration underscored that price stabilization might allow fishermen to develop business plans and lease quota with more confidence.
Contributors to the workshop included Chris Fream of North Atlantic Seafood, Chris Glass from the University of New Hampshire, fisherman Carl Bouchard, and Dave Beutel of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council.
GMRI will continue to provide convening and meeting support around the challenges and opportunities identified by fishermen during the two days.