In Their Own Words

“What makes the Seafood Harvesters different is its unprecedented coast-to-coast support, from both industry and the environmental sector. We will partner with the National Marine Fisheries Service to advance the sustainability and accountability of our nation’s marine resources. Through Harvesters, America’s commercial fishermen will be at the table when important decisions are made. And that’s key, because in Washington, D.C., if you aren’t at the table, you’re on the menu.”

– Christopher Brown, President

“Seafood Harvesters of America include commercial fishermen from New England, to the Florida Keys, to the Bering Sea in Alaska. Although our fisheries are very diverse and many of our organizations have critical needs at the regional level, through a very deliberative and thorough process we’ve been able to identify a set of common interests and positions on issues of national policy that we now hope to communicate to policy makers in Washington, DC. Most recently, we’ve engaged in the dialogue around MSA Reauthorization. The ability to speak with a unified, nationwide voice on this important piece of legislation is unique in the commercial fishing world as far as I’m aware.”

– Mark Gleason, Secretary-Treasurer

“In the Alaska and the West Coast commercial fisheries, where my members fish, we have demonstrated conclusively that rationally managed fisheries can succeed from both a conservation and an economic perspective. Through the Seafood Harvesters, we can share our lessons-learned with fishermen from around the country, and work with NMFS to develop regulatory conditions that make success possible for every U.S. fishery.”

– Brent Paine, Board Member

“Well-managed fisheries enable fishermen to be stewards of the public resource that we harvest. Without rational management, fishermen behave irrationally and over-catch. This is human nature, and it happens in commercial and recreational fisheries alike. Through the Seafood Harvesters we support rational approaches to fishery management, and we insist on clear answers from those who don’t.”

– Jack Cox, Board Member