Sustainable Fishing Practices

Why is Port Orford Seafood sustainable?

Tom and ResearchSustainable fishing practices include management decisions that maintain economic and ecological sustainability and use operative principles that protect local stocks, prevent by-catch and discards,  promote owner-operated fisheries, and respond to external and environmental threats.

POSS works with the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT) on their commitment to collaborating with scientists and fisheries managers to ensure fishing in the Port Orford Stewardship Area is capable of being maintained at a steady level without exhausting natural resources or causing ecological damage.

IMG_0244[1]Our fishermen are ahead of many fishing businesses in promoting conservation because we fish with hook and line gear (no nets) allowing us to minimize by-catch and discards.  Our work includes participating in local science projects, initiating voluntary conservation measures, and providing input at fisheries management meetings to help us meet our goal of sustainable fishing.  We also work with Ecotrust, Island Institute, and Community Fisheries Network to increase the long-term sustainability of commercial fishing communities.

Port Orford’s Stewardship Story is featured in a film, Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship, by Green Fire Productions.  Learn all about Port Orford and how they’ve developed a communal vision to sustain their fisheries and their ecosystem as one.