Fishing Associations sit at the heart of local fishing industries and provide fishers with a voice in decisions that affect them. A new toolkit, funded by the Company’s Fisheries Charitable Trust provides essential guidance to support fishers interested in establishing an association.
There are significant benefits in bringing people together to form a representative organisation or association. The reasons for setting up a fishing association should include a broad range of activities that benefit the community at large. Priorities could include improving the value of landed catch, implementing new management measures, collecting data and research, and/or the purchase of gear, technology and infrastructure to improve livelihoods and the sustainability of the sector.
However, setting up an organisation can be a daunting and challenging process. This toolkit is designed for anyone thinking of setting up a fishing group. Complete with practical guidance, tools and templates, this guide will help you think about the best way to develop a strong fishing association.
Further resources to support fishers in the process can be found on the Fishing into the Future website.