Beyond Our Shores Inc

Founded to support research on dolphinfish, associated species, and economies.

aka Beyond Our Shores Foundation   |   Newport, RI   |  www.beyondourshores.org

Mission

Mission – Beyond Our Shores, Inc., is dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of marine fisheries and ocean habitats and the coastal communities they support. Vision – Beyond Our Shores, Inc., recognizes the value of integrating the public in scientific research and strives to provide opportunities for the public, particularly fisherman and their families, to actively participate in rich, educational, and meaningful marine science experiences and scientific research. Click here to learn more.

Ruling year info

2018

President

Wessley B Merten

Main address

PO BOX 3506

Newport, RI 02840 USA

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EIN

82-1392155

NTEE code info

Marine Science and Oceanography (U21)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Fishing and Hunting Clubs (N61)

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Dolphinfish Research Program

Originally founded as a state funded program in 2002 by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the DRP has grown into the world’s largest dolphinfish mark and recapture program driven by the collaboration of fisheries scientists and volunteer recreational, charter, and commercial fishermen. Up to 2017, 23,240 dolphinfish have been marked and released, and of those, 581 were recaptured throughout the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, which provided fundamental scientific data on the movements and life history of this species. To learn more about the history of the program, how to request a free tagging kit, and support the DRP, visit www.dolphintagging.com

Population(s) Served
Adults

The first recorded use of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) to aggregate open ocean fish for exploitation dates back to second century Rome (Taquet 2013). It was not until the 1950s that FADs began being used for commercial fishing throughout many ocean regions (Galea 1961; Gooding and Magnuson 1967). Currently, FADs are used by all fishing sectors (e.g., artisanal/subsistence, recreational, semi-industrial, and industrial) around the world and dolphinfish is a common, if not the most frequent, species that is caught. This is especially true of open ocean moored FADs in the Caribbean Sea. Beyond Our Shores, Inc., supports the FADRP to gather information on the harvest, behavior, and interactions dolphinfish have with moored FADs, along with vessel activity use patterns, to quantify how this species and the fishing industry use FADs throughout the region. Visit beyondourshores.org/fads to learn more about our research and get involved in data collection programs in the U.S. Caribbean Sea.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Whether pan fried, grilled, dressed in a taco, or diced in ceviche, dolphinfish is a common fish served throughout many restaurants across the United States and U.S. territories, where it is abundant, yet most of the product served comes from foreign fisheries abroad. This is the case for many seafood products and not just dolphinfish. Beyond Our Shores Inc., is working to promote U.S. based restaurants that source in-season, fresh, local, and sustainable sources of seafood within U.S. waters. The SeasonalCatch Seafood Initiative provides educational tools and equipment to seafood restaurants to allow them to better inform their guests about where their seafood comes from and to enhance their business operations. Beyond Our Shores, Inc., works directly with the restaurant to collect their seafood and fishing data, provides them with the information to share with their guests, and works with the restaurant to identify ways to enhance their operations to keep their doors open to educate and feed local communities. This program has recently been implemented in a successful pilot program based in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, with funding from the Waitt Foundation. Visit beyondourshores.org/seasonal for more information.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Beyond Our Shores Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/16/2022
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Board chair

Wessley Merten

Richard Appeldoorn

Don Hammond

Don Gates

David Neblett

Manuel Botello

Richard Delizza

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