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Support shellfish operations in diversifying the shellfish species farmed and harvested. These species could include quahogs, clams, mussels, oysters, and other shellfish.
Support growth of local businesses that aid in developing the local seafood supply chain. These could be businesses providing equipment, services, or other innovations that advance local seafood distribution.
Expand and fund mechanisms for source-tracking for locally landed fish and shellfish, so that all fisheries in Massachusetts are tracking and recording details about their catches, and fisheries data is improved. Source tracking technology developed by the seafood distributor Red’s Best could be considered as a model.
Incentivize municipalities to encourage shellfish restoration and harvesting and sustainable aquaculture enterprise.
Upgrade and expand current aggregation methods, processing, facilities, and equipment, based on research and in the context of expanding the local seafood industry and building equity and sustainability into the value chain.
Promote locally caught fish species through established seafood outlets and distribution channels such as conventional grocery, retail, and fish markets.
Support direct-to-consumer models for seafood sales, such as community supported fishery (CSF) programs. Support organizations that spur CSF development through education and technical assistance.
Make local seafood eligible for purchase with consumer incentives programs, like Boston Bounty Bucks.
Develop local seafood products for public schools, hospitals, prisons, and universities and increase distribution.
Distribute sustainably-caught, local seafood to hunger relief organizations.
Distribute local seafood at retail locations that accept SNAP.
Distribute fresh, whole fish to markets, with a focus on customers’ cultural preferences. This is a marketing strategy that reduces processing costs and delivers cost-savings to customers.
Encourage sale and consumption of lower-cost, underutilized species, like Whiting, Arcadian Redfish, Dogfish, and Scup in all markets.
Promote safe recreational angling – including clamming, lobstering, and spear fishing – that enables individuals to fish for their own seafood. Facilitate this by developing urban access to fishing piers, and removing language barriers for permits.
Create a seat for the Commissioner of The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game on the Massachusetts Food Policy Council.
Add a position to the Massachusetts Food Policy Council Advisory Committee for a representative of the fishing industry.
Support and collaborate with the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Shellfish advisory panel to establish an interagency committee to review and update shellfish regulations and policies. The committee should also be informed by the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference.
Build collaborative networks comprised of a range of state agencies including the Departments of Marine Fisheries, Agricultural Resources, Environmental Protection, Public Health, and the Massachusetts Office of Business Development to develop and implement strategies that grow the local seafood system.
Build collaborative networks comprised of a range of businesses, organizations, and institutions with interest and stake in development of the local seafood system.
Create and maintain a database to enable coordination and collaboration between the multitude of organizations and institutions with ties to local commercial fishing.