We believe there is a direct link between who fishes and the health of our ocean, marine ecosystem and commercial fisheries. Fisheries managers and policy makers are deciding on the rate and limits to consolidation and accumulation of fishing power within the fishing industry. Considering fishing is done to feed our food systems, we need to apply lessons learned from what happened when consolidation and accumulation of power happened to farmers who bring our land based foods to our table. In the end we realized that who farms matters to the health of our food, biodiversity, economies and communities. Below are a series of testimonies from community based, family fishermen from throughout New England who also believe who fishes matters for the fish, the ocean, their communities, their economies and our collective food system.
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Shannon Eldredge Women of Fishing Families, Chatham, MA
Mike Burdick Walking Fish CSF, Durham, NC
Ignazzio Sanfilippo Commercial Fisherman, Gloucester, MA
Stu Tolley Commercial Fisherman, Chatham, MA
Ed Snell Commercial Fisherman, South Portland, ME
Chuck Etzel Commercial Fisherman, Montauk, NY
Jay Driscol Commercial Fisherman, Rye Harbor, NH
BG Brown Commercial Fisherman, Gloucester, MA
John MacDonald Commercial Fisherman, Bristol, RI
Phil Karlin Commercial Fisherman, Mattituck, NY
Tim Broderick Commercial Fisherman, Menemsha, MA
Al Cattone Commercial Fisherman, Gloucester, MA
Alec Gale Commercial Fisherman, Menemsha, MA
Shareen Davis Commercial Fisherwoman, Chatham, MA
Devin Green Commercial Fisherman, Menemsha, MA
Simon Thompson Commercial Fisherman, Menemsha, MA
Dan Eagan Commercial Fisherman, Bristol, Rhode Island
The following testimonies are from individuals who attended the Working Waterfront Festival in New Bedford on September 25 and 26, 2010.