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Reimagining Food Systems: Harnessing Innovation and Collaboration Across Coastal Communities

Rebecca Kern Catch Together

Our session will be aimed at exploring innovative approaches to regenerating coastal food systems, with a particular focus on sustainable seafood practices and the vital role of small-scale commercial fishermen in preserving coastal livelihoods.

We will shed light on the challenges as well as opportunities facing coastal communities including:
1. The impact of climate change on the seafood supply chain
2. Loss of access to waterfronts
3. Food insecurity within miles of coastal communities attached to a natural resource
4. Seafood costs associated with fishery pricing and processing
5. Decline of traditional fishing industries

Through discussions on equity issues and access to local resources, we will challenge existing paradigms and foster dialogue on reshaping the seafood system to prioritize community well-being. We will examine the importance of supporting small-scale commercial fishermen versus larger corporations and highlight the nutritional benefits of locally sourced seafood.

We will explore programs that our partners have put in place in Alaska, Maine, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and beyond to support their local communities who struggle with food security.

Track

Regenerating Food Systems

Format

Delegate-led Meet Up (1 Facilitator)

Speakers

  • NamePaul Parker
  • TitleSenior Partner
  • OrganizationCatch Together

Description

Our session will be aimed at exploring innovative approaches to regenerating coastal food systems, with a particular focus on sustainable seafood practices and the vital role of small-scale commercial fishermen in preserving coastal livelihoods.

We will shed light on the challenges as well as opportunities facing coastal communities including:
1. The impact of climate change on the seafood supply chain
2. Loss of access to waterfronts
3. Food insecurity within miles of coastal communities attached to a natural resource
4. Seafood costs associated with fishery pricing and processing
5. Decline of traditional fishing industries

Through discussions on equity issues and access to local resources, we will challenge existing paradigms and foster dialogue on reshaping the seafood system to prioritize community well-being. We will examine the importance of supporting small-scale commercial fishermen versus larger corporations and highlight the nutritional benefits of locally sourced seafood.

We will explore programs that our partners have put in place in Alaska, Maine, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and beyond to support their local communities who struggle with food security.

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