The Fishmongers’ Company and Fishing into the Future form a Strategic Partnership
The Fishmongers’ Company’s Fisheries Charitable Trust (FCFCT) is pleased to be joining forces with the charity Fishing into the Future (FITF) through a transition period from 2020 to 2022. The partnership will enable the fishing industry to develop leadership skills and a voice in co-management.
The FCFCT supports a wide range of projects, grants, and convening, to Build and safeguard a prosperous and sustainable fishing industry, for the benefit of those engaged in it, the environment, and our island nation. This partnership will form part of a wider engagement the FCFCT has with the UK fishing industry. The FCFCT’s Fish & Fisheries team work closely with a wide cross-section of organisations involved in the management, development and use of the UK’s fisheries resources. They engage across the breadth of the UK fisheries sector, facilitating funding for projects, grants, early career sponsorship and research.
FITF is a UK registered charity, formed by a strategic partnership between: the Prince of Wales’ Charities ‘International Sustainability Unit’ (ISU); industry body, Sea Fish Authority (Seafish); and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). Since becoming established in 2015, the charity has maintained a Board Membership of two-thirds active fishermen. FITF value fishermen as key assets in ensuring the long-term health of fisheries and heavily endorse co-management as a principle of good fisheries management. FITF help to resolve the ‘cultural barriers’ to co-management by connecting and empowering stakeholders through a creative and innovative education and leadership programme.
Using our trusted networks, FITF and FCFCT will work together with fishermen, scientists, government, and seafood businesses to help build a transdisciplinary approach to fishery management that emphasises the need for collaborative problem‐solving among stakeholders. As two neutral and independent organisations, we are trusted facilitators within the seafood industry and have the freedom to develop innovative solutions.
With financial support from the FCFCT and additional resource capacity from one of the FCFCT’s Programme Managers, Alison Freeman, our collective aim is to build upon the FITF education programmes and improve access to the tools, information and training needed to bolster the fishing industry and coastal economies. A priority going forward will be to develop a supportive alumni network, which will offer ongoing support and training to the attendees of FITF initiatives. Under the new direction, we will also plan to use FITF to support regional and gear/species-specific meetings, workshops, and symposiums. We would also like to explore radical opportunities for participation in co-management and would like to embed the FITF curriculum into early career development programmes.
Improving regular communication between stakeholders will also be fundamental if we are to help tackle the trust issues that exist in the industry. Our intention is to therefore devise and deliver sustainable solutions to help communication pathways. Current restrictions will, in the interim, focus the FITF portfolio on building relationships and knowledge remotely through an online portal and series of webinars.
CHARITY UPDATE – JULY 2018
Hello to all our supporters. If you have made it this far you will see that our website has changed a little over the last few months. Take a look around.
We have posted some new vidoes, which explain how and why our training courses work. Please feel free to view and share.
We are please to announce that our training programme will be up and running again in 2019, when we expect to offer training courses in England and Scotland for the next three years. Watch this space to find out more about each course and when it is likely to be delivered – we will also be posting campaigns to recruit fishermen in plenty of time, so you will be informed when these are taking place nearer the time.
We need support to be able to deliver this work. If you feel your organisation might like to get involved please let us know and we will be in touch. We have set an ambitious target of raising over £500,000 to underpin delivery for 3 years. All contributions are important, no matter how big or how small.
We attended the excellent Fisheries Innovation Scotland Biannual Sea Fisheries Conference (#BASFC18) in St. Andrews this month, where we had an opportunity to discuss training issues with a wide range of stakeholders. We will be attending the Defra White Paper forum in London this week, where we will be pressing the case for the inclusion of stronger links to training and a skilled workforce, as well as pushing for clarity on Industry-Science Data Collection issues.
We have been meeting with Defra independently to help them consider industry science, and we are working with them and others to explore options for developing an Industry Science Data Collection Framework – and putting in place policy-wording that supports ongoing industry-science.
We are developing other projects and are currently seeking funding to deliver:
- SFEP-ONline (recording all our training presentations and making them available online)
- Sustainable Heroes – From Deck to Dinning Plate (raising the profile of those working tirelessly for sustainable seafood from across the UK seafood supply chain)
We will keep you informed of progress.
For now – we wish our followers and supporters and excellent summer, good fishing and
UK Fisheries White Paper Consultation
We are delighted to see the long-awaited Fisheries White Paper Consultation published today, with a 10-week consultation period ending on the 12th September.
We will be producing our own response to this consultation and will keep you informed of our position in due course. We will focus our response on our areas of work and interest – namely Sustainable Fisheries Education, and Collaborative Science & Data.