Supporting healthy oceans and coastal communities
The ocean hosts a dazzling array of life and serves as an invaluable natural resource, all the while contributing 2.3 million jobs and $138 billion annually to the U.S. economy alone. By 2025, an estimated 6 billion people will live within 50 miles of the sea around the world. How will all these people live and eat, while protecting marine resources for future generations? Well-managed fisheries will play a huge role. At Ecotrust, we invest in fisheries networks and local organizations that actively pursue innovation in the stewardship of fisheries, marine ecosystems and watersheds. We work to strengthen the conservation of regional marine and freshwater ecosystems, recognize and improve community stewardship, support the livelihoods of fishermen, grow collaborative businesses, create financing mechanisms for community-based fisheries, and evolve fisheries management policies. Read more about our current work building the Community Fisheries Network.
Our work in the Community Fisheries Network supports locally owned and operated working waterfronts nationwide that provide sustainable seafood products for local communities.
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Fisheries & Food Systems Program Manager
A Fresh Look at Frozen Fish
A 2017 study conducted by Ecotrust, the Oregon State University Food Innovation Center, and Seafood Analytics compared the taste and quality of fresh versus frozen fish. We found that contrary to current consumer perceptions, the flash-frozen fish was regarded as either more desirable or statistically equal to fresh fish.
National panel on the community dimensions of catch shares paper
The National Panel on the Community Dimensions of Catch Shares — comprised of 11 diverse experts from around North America — reviewed existing and emerging catch share programs around the country and abroad and developed this summary report to encourage NOAA and regional fisheries management councils to strongly consider community dimensions in fisheries catch share programs.