All those involved in Fishing into the Future recognise that the major issues facing our fisheries can be solved using a bottom-up approach – one that improves the buy-in and collective actions of fishers. If their resourcefulness, passion, experience and commitment can be effectively harnessed then sustainable and prosperous fisheries will be achieved. Fishermen must be part of this journey, however, which is why they are involved at the heart of all we do.
We provide a unique platform for coordination, enhanced collaboration and participation between the fishing industry and other sectors in order to deliver lasting change for the UK fishing industry. We have a sustainability agenda, but this is driven by fishermen, not external agencies.
The need for all our work programmes comes directly from the shop-floor of UK fisheries – these are services and products that the fishing industry itself has been calling for. We are building a work programme that will allow us to deliver our Higher Level Objectives, with the over-riding aim of achieving sustainable and prosperous UK fisheries. All our work programmes are approved by our ‘Fishermen Trustees’ with a core Executive Committee acting on their behalf.