#7 :: Sustainable Fisheries

Photo by Jessie Agee
Photo by Jessie Agee
In 1993, the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen‘s Association (CCCHFA) was founded in response to declining fish populations. The nonprofit association works with a 40-member fleet that uses conservative harvesting practices and distributes catch quotas cooperatively. The CCCHFA encourages science- and community-based management to ensure fish populations for future generations. The CCCHFA helps to involve the local fleet in decision-making, cooperative research, and educational programs. On Earth Day 2006, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recognized the CCCHFA for responsible stewardship with a National Environmental Hero award. Right, a hook-and-line fisherman hauls in his catch. —Sarah Kuck