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Cape Cod Commericial Fishermens Alliance Inc.

Small boats. Big ideas.

aka Fishermen's Alliance   |   Chatham, MA   |  www.capecodfishermen.org

Mission

Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance is fishermen, community members, public officials and scientists working together to build creative strategies, advocate for improved marine policies, protect the ocean ecosystem, and ensure the viability and future of Cape Cod's fisheries.

Ruling year info

1997

CEO

Mr. John Pappalardo

Main address

1566 Main St

Chatham, MA 02633 USA

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Formerly known as

Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen's Association, Inc.

EIN

04-3138784

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Fisheries (D33)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

COMMERCIAL FISHING IS THE ORIGINAL BLUE ECONOMY ON CAPE COD, A CRUCIAL PART OF THE PENINSULA’S HERITAGE, IDENTITY AND CULTURE. THAT TRADITION IS AT RISK BECAUSE OF MANY FACTORS; CHALLENGES AS FISH STOCKS SHIFT AND CLIMATE CHANGES, CONFLICTING REGULATIONS, INADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURE, FAULTY PRICE STRUCTURES, LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY ON THE WATER, UNSTABLE MARKETS, HIGH BARRIERS FOR ENTRY-LEVEL FISHERMEN -- TO NAME JUST A FEW HURDLES. WE PROVIDE FISHERMEN WITH THE TOOLS AND SUPPORT THEY NEED TO KEEP THEIR BUSINESSES AFLOAT IN AN INCREASINGLY COMPLEX WORLD, WHILE FOSTERING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN FISHING FAMILIES AND THE BROADER CAPE COD COMMUNITY.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fisheries Reform Campaign

Our team of staff and fishermen works across several management bodies in New England in order to improve fisheries management, protect fish and small boat fishermen. Like the fishermen, we are diversifying our work across several fisheries to ensure that our community has access to robust fishing opportunities, despite the crisis in the groundfish fishery. We are building innovative teams of fishermen and improve their leadership, communication, and conflict resolution skills so they can run campaigns. The staff serves as a resource, bringing fishermen together around an issue to discuss ideas, concerns and opportunities regarding fishery priorities, threats, and opportunities for market driven innovations. We mentor the fishermen as they develop the expertise necessary to sit on the regulatory committees that make management decisions. The change models we pilot will be useful tools for fishing communities around the country.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Cape Cod Fisheries Trust works to protect the future of Cape Cod's historic fishing industry by purchasing commercial permits in order to secure additional fishing opportunities for the struggling local fleet. Self-employed Cape Cod fishermen then lease these opportunities from the Trust and agree to harvest the catch with small boats and traditional gear. The Trust also provides business planning and economic development support to fishing businesses and guides other communities to form their own permit banks. We were the first permit bank in the country and continue to innovate new solutions and serve as a model for preserving the economic viability of fishing communities around the country.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We connect the public with the fishing industry in unique and effective ways in order to build a sense of community and greater appreciation for the Cape's maritime traditions. Our years of community outreach include a broad array of activities designed to increase appreciation of the Cape's historic fishing culture, build community advocates for fishermen and our public policy campaigns, and foster relationships between the public and the fishing fleet. Our Community Outreach Program will achieve these goals through monthly Meet the Fleet discussions, Dish on Fish dinners, the Chatham Fish Pier Outreach Program, the Fish for Families project and dozens of presentations to community organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Fishermen’s Alliance works collaboratively with other non-profits and state agencies to support and advocate for local fishing businesses. We also work to promote the use and consumption of healthy, sustainably caught, local seafood by the entire Cape Cod community. Our Fish for Families program has been bringing locally caught seafood to Cape Cod families experiencing food insecurity since 2013.

Fish for Families is a response to an increasing number of year-round residents struggling to make ends meet in a region with a seasonal economy, relatively low wages and a high cost of living. The program provides seafood to hungry families in need, while supporting Cape Cod fishermen and promoting local species of fish.

Community members are served through participating organizations who work through The Cape Cod Hunger Network. Participants include, but are not limited to: The Champ House, The Faith Neighborhood Kitchen, The Lower Cape Outreach Council, Hands of Hope Outreach Center, Aids Support Group, Bourne Friends Food Pantry, Wellfleet Pantry at Grace Church, Christ the King Church, St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry, St. Joan of Arc and the Waypoint Academy.

Population(s) Served
Families

Hosted by seasoned fishermen, who know these waters well, the Pier Host Program is a chance to get to meet these hard-working locals, hear about their experiences on the water and learn what steps the Fishermen's Alliance is taking to help depleted fish populations recover and the small-boat fishermen survive and thrive.

It's a great way to gain an understanding of the Cape's commercial fishing industry and the importance of protecting this traditional way of life.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Environmental Hero Award 2007

NOAA

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2015

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE SMALL-BOAT, FAMILY-BASED FISHING INDUSTRY ON CAPE COD SURVIVES AND PROSPERS. IF WE ARE REPRESENTING THE LAST GENERATION OF INDEPENDENT FISHING FAMILIES THEN WE HAVE NOT SUCCEEDED. WE EMPLOY CREATIVE STRATEGIES AND ADVOCATE FOR BETTER POLICES THAT WORK IN TANDEM TO PROTECT FISH, FISHERMEN AND THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT.

WE WORK ON MULTIPLE FRONTS: RESEARCH, POLICY, ADVOCACY, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING AND OUTREACH. WE ALSO OWN, MANAGE AND DISTRIBUTE FISHING QUOTA TO CREATE OFFSHORE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR MEMBERS. OUR STAFF SERVES ON MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES AT LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LEVELS. OUR LEASING PROGRAM WORKS WITH A LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY TO OFFER FISHING QUOTA AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. WE PARTNER WITH FISHERMEN AND SCIENTISTS FROM REGIONAL INSTITUTIONS ON RESEARCH TO HELP BETTER UNDERSTAND THE MARINE ECOSYSTEM WE ALL RELY ON. WE ALSO HAVE INVESTED IN THE MOST PRODUCTIVE SHELLFISH HATCHERY IN THE STATE AND CONTINUE TO SUPPORT WILD SHELLFISHERIES. WE WORK TO ENCOURAGE CONSUMERS TO BUY LOCAL SEAFOOD, AND EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY THROUGH OUTREACH PROGRAMS AT PUBLIC EVENTS, THE MUNICIPAL FISH PIER, AND LOCAL SCHOOLS. OUR ANALYSTS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS PROVIDE FISHERMEN WITH THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO ADVOCATE FOR OUR COMMUNITY IN REGULATORY MEETINGS AT THE LOCAL, REGIONAL, AND NATIONAL LEVELS. OUR EFFORTS ARE HIGHLIGHTED BY A CONTINUOUS PRESENCE THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA, PRINT MEDIA, PODCASTS AND VIDEOS DESIGNED TO ENHANCE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING AND RESPECT FOR THE FLEET.

AFTER 25 YEARS WORKING FOR FISH AND FISHERMEN WE HAVE EARNED A REPUTATION FOR BEING EFFECTIVE AND FAIR-MINDED, BY BRINGING FISHERMEN, SCIENTISTS, AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS TO THE TABLE. WE HAVE A LENGTHY LIST OF PARTNERS AND WORK TO ASSIST OTHER FISHING COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION AND THE WORLD. WE HAVE NUMEROUS VICTORIES TO OUR CREDIT, A WEALTH OF SUPPORTERS, A 10-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN AND A SKILLED, FULL-TIME STAFF OF 10. OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS, COMPOSED OF FISHERMEN AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS, PROVIDES STRONG GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT. WE ARE CONSTANTLY INNOVATING. WE ARE AN ACKNOWLEDGED LEADER IN THE INDUSTRY.

WE HAVE HELPED KEEP THE SMALL-BOAT FISHING INDUSTRY INTACT AND ARE NOW SEEING THE RESULTS OF THOSE EFFORTS AS FISH STOCKS ARE REBOUNDING AND THE INDUSTRY IS STRENGTHENING. LAST YEAR, WE WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN CREATING NEW PROTECTIONS AND BUFFER ZONES FOR SMALL FORAGE FISH LIKE HERRING FROM CAPE COD TO LONG ISLAND. THESE FISH MAKE UP THE BASE OF THE FOOD WEB AND ARE CRUCIAL TO THE MARINE ECOSYSTEM AND THE FUTURE HEALTH OF THE OCEANS. WE ALSO PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN THE ENACTMENT OF A NEW OMNIBUS HABITAT AMENDMENT THAT STRENGTHENED SPAWNING PROTECTIONS FOR MANY FISH SPECIES, WHILE ALLOWING INCREASED HARVESTING IN THE MOST APPROPRIATE LOCATIONS, A MAJOR WIN-WIN FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND FISHING COMMUNITIES. ONE OF OUR STAFF WAS APPOINTED TO CHAIR THE MASSACHUSETTS FISHERIES ADVISORY COMMISSION BY THE GOVERNOR. OUR CEO FORMERLY CHAIRED THE COMMISSION AND CURRENTLY SERVES ON THE NEW ENGLAND FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL. WE HAVE PLAYED A SEMINAL ROLE IN CREATING A NEW STATEWIDE GROUP THAT WILL FOCUS ON WAYS TO IMPROVE BOTH REGULATIONS AND THE MARKETING OF SHELLFISH. FISHERMEN HERE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE BECOMING MORE OPTIMISTIC, SEEING THAT YEARS OF SACRIFICE AND HARD WORK TO REBUILD FISH STOCKS MAY FINALLY BE PAYING DIVIDENDS. THIS IS A PIVOTAL TIME. WE CONTINUE TO STAY ENGAGED ON MANY FRONTS AND OUR PROGRESS IS CRUCIAL FOR SECURING THE CAPE’S CONNECTION TO THE SEA.

Financials

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Cape Cod Commericial Fishermens Alliance Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Eric Hesse

Captain

Term: 2022 - 2024

Mrs. Gwen Holden-Kelly

Community Volunteer

Tim Linnell

Commerical Fisherman

Greg Connors

Commercial Fisherman

Brian Sherin

Community Volunteer

Richard Banks

Community Volunteer

Charles Borkoski

Community Volunteer

Beau Gribbin

Commercial Fisherman

Eric Hesse

Commercial Fisherman

Barry LaBar

Community Volunteer

Kurt Martin

Commercial Fisherman

Dan Wolf

Community Volunteer

Andy Baler

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/1/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data