CCCHFA’s past programs are a diverse array of cooperative research projects, educational outreach efforts, and other initiatives that have helped us learn more about our oceans and teach others what we’ve learned.
In the Fall of 2010, CCCHFA tested a CSF pilot program to connect the public directly to the fishermen while providing high quality local seafood. The response was overwhelming, but the grant funding ran out and we are working to find new and affordable ways to bring local catch to your table.
For two years, the Hook Association held the Nantucket Soundkeeper license from the Waterkeeper Alliance. We collected water samples throughout the summers, released two editions of the Boater’s Guide (10,000 copies each year) and began planning a campaign to close the federal water “donut hole” to dumping.
Unfortunately, we have come to the hard decision that CCCHFA is not the right home for the Soundkeeper Program at this time and on Oct. 6, 2010, our board of directors voted to relinquish the license.
We continue to be invested in maintaining a clean sound and hope to revisit this program in the future.
Fishermen and scientists have been working together to improve our understanding of Cod and Haddock populations by tagging fish in New England and Canadian waters, in both inshore and offshore locations.
CCCHFA collaborated with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to calculate spiny dogfish discard mortality for hook and line vessels in the Gulf of Maine and Southern New England waters using seafloor caging methods.