The Regional Seafood System Partnership is funded by a three-year grant from the USDA’s Regional Food System Partnerships program. Led by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the partnership includes the following collaborators:
- Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance
- Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
- Gulf of Maine Research Institute
- Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association
- Portland Fish Exchange
- True Fin
This partnership’s broad goal is to collaborate across nonprofit and industry stakeholders to strengthen, build, and develop the conditions for a successful 21st century regional seafood system. Regional seafood represents a great opportunity to provide a healthy, responsibly harvested, climate-friendly source of local protein for New England, as well as a decent livelihood for coastal communities, fishing families, and the seafood supply chain.
Our partnership is comprised of organizations that have long histories of working individually and together to improve the business opportunities for fishermen and markets for regional seafood. We include two fishing associations, one nonprofit research institution, two lending and business assistance partners, a seafood offloading site and auction, and a mid-tier seafood value chain business.
Fishermen and the seafood supply chain need to be able to capture a fair value for seafood harvested here in order to make a decent living and grow their businesses. We aim to grow the value and market opportunities for New England fishing communities through increasing available information about where to make improvements in the seafood supply chain, improving seafood quality, and building demand and value for regional seafood. Our goals of improving value and demand for regional seafood are fundamental needs for the long-term viability and resilience of our region’s seafood system
This project is funded by a grant from the USDA's Regional Food Systems Partnership Program.
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