Building a New Network

The Fish Locally Collaborative (FLC) uses a collaborative, decentralized model of organizing to share resources and power that enable us to work toward a shared purpose. The FLC is a non-entity that does not speak on behalf of the network but rather generates collaboration opportunities for people to speak on behalf of themselves and together, in order to strengthen our common values and vision, and to take action whenever possible. At last count, we estimate the FLC’s network connects nearly 400,000+ fishing families around the US, as well as in Canada, Latin America and Europe. 

Mission

The FLC’s mission is to align many diverse people and organizations behind community based fisheries in order to protect marine biodiversity and the overall health of the ocean. Through our actions we aim to bring about systemic changes while at the same time building a stronger, better equipped movement to engage in and address the great challenges of our time.

Principles

Core principles include transparency, collaboration, justice, capacity building, respect, inclusivity, openness, and accountability. The FLC is made up of workgroups that work synergistically. Current workgroups include Policy Transformation; Knowledge and Power; Messaging and Outreach; and Moving Markets and Food Justice. The work of the FLC is facilitated by the workgroup co-organizers and done by the individuals and organizations that make up the Collaborative.

Collaborative Leadership

Top-down leadership is not required in this collaborative process in order to more fully realize the equal participation from all collaborators. We work to ensure that the local fishermen and fishing communities who are most impacted by policies, changing markets, and ocean conservation are at the center of the decision making table. 

Backbone Support

NAMA supports the most basic logistical elements of the FLC structure, in order to align with the decentralized nature of the network and avoid over-dependency on one organization. Our approach to logistical support is informed by a blend of collective impact and decentralized network literature that includes: the governance model first developed by the Coming Clean Collaborative and the RE-AMP model using Collective Impact research by John Kanie and Mark Kramer.

Basic logistical support includes maintaining the FLC listserv, online tools such as Basecamp, Highrise, and Google Docs, conference call and webinar support, and planning for face-to-face gatherings.

To join and/or learn more email Brett @ namanet.org

FLC structure
Photo from 2014 FLC Assembly in New Bedford, MA