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Gloucester gathering focuses on marketing local, sustainably caught fish and seafood

 

GLOUCESTER, MA – Some 60 people – including fishermen, seafood industry advocates, scientists, marine policy specialists, and government representatives – met at the Gloucester House restaurant here on Aug. 2 to explore new, more collaborative ways to market locally and sustainably caught seafood.

Jack Wiggin – director of the University of Massachusetts-Boston’s (UMass-Boston), Urban Harbors Institute – and economist and waterfront activist Valerie Nelson, organized the daylong event, with funding from the Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council.

While the conference focused on “building the Massachusetts seafood system,” presentations included innovative marketing strategies learned from farmers.

The University of Maine’s Josh Stoll spoke about the recent growth of Community Supported Fishery operations.

Known as CSFs, these direct marketing ventures were inspired in part by a more long-standing…

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