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. The Fishmongers’ Company’s Fisheries Charitable Trust have therefore developed a toolkit for anyone thinking of setting up a fishing group. This toolkit, complete with practical guidance, tools and templates, shows one possible route toward developing a strong fishing association.
The Porthole has a “Who’s Who” page where you can explore on an interactive map how your Fishing Association would fit into the overall management framework in the UK.
The Fishermen’s Association Toolkit is brought to you by the The Fishmongers’ Company’s Fisheries Charitable Trust