Q&A with: Paul Parker

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Paul Parker has been working with Cape Cod fishermen since 1997 to restore depleted fish populations while bringing back profitable fishing businesses and communities. He is currently the director of the Cape Cod Fisheries Trust, a program of the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association.


Paul Parker has been working with Cape Cod fishermen since 1997 to restore depleted fish populations while bringing back profitable fishing businesses and communities. He is currently the director of the Cape Cod Fisheries Trust, a program of the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association.
Can you share with us your approach to establishing sustainable fisheries?
I’ve expended my career on three things: policy-based work to lobby government regulators, developing a model of community (co-op) harvesting, and reconnecting local communities back to the natural resource through permit banking. The Cape Cod Commerical Hook Fishermen’s Association is a 501 c3 that aims to protect the environment and business. The goal is to realize the triple bottom line: social, economic, and environmental benefits.
What triggered the inception of the Association?
We are a non-profit founded in 1991 in response to a crisis: fish stocks were plummeting and all types of fishing, from big industrial draggers to small skiffs, were being managed in the same way. So some modes of fishing were destroying the future viability of the resources, and we (the small scale community) were getting wiped out as a result of a lack of fish. The association came together to give voice to these small scale fishermen.

Can you share with us your approach to establishing sustainable fisheries?

I’ve expended my career on three things: policy-based work to lobby government regulators, developing a model of community (co-op) harvesting, and reconnecting local communities back to the natural resource through permit banking. The Cape Cod Commerical Hook Fishermen’s Association is a 501 c3 that aims to protect the environment and business. The goal is to realize the triple bottom line: social, economic, and environmental benefits.


What triggered the inception of the Association?

We are a non-profit founded in 1991 in response to a crisis: fish stocks were plummeting and all types of fishing, from big industrial draggers to small skiffs, were being managed in the same way. So some modes of fishing were destroying the future viability of the resources, and we (the small scale community) were getting wiped out as a result of a lack of fish. The association came together to give voice to these small scale fishermen.

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