There are significant benefits in bringing people together to form a representative organisation or association. Fishing associations and organisations usually aim to carry out activities that represent and benefit the community at large. Aside from representation, priorities may 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. To support this, the Fishmongers’ Company’s Fisheries Charitable Trust have developed a toolkit providing guidance on setting up a fishing association. 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