Brian Sherin has a long history as a recreational fisherman and like many thinks the Cape is a unique place. But recently he got to musing about what would happen if its defining character disappeared.
“It hit me, this could change dramatically: What would Cape Cod be without the fishing industry?” he thought.
Sherin is willing to lend a hand to help the Fishermen’s Alliance ensure that he won’t have to experience the answer to that question.
As president of BPStrategies, the Harwich resident’s background is in health care financial consulting. That work includes fighting for regulatory changes in that industry, experience that will come in handy in his new role as a member of the board of directors for the Fishermen’s Alliance.
“I thought if I could add value I’m willing to do it,” he said.
Before he was invited to serve he knew there have been hard times in the industry, but he didn’t understand the complexity of fisheries management, policy, science, the interplay between them and the impact these all had on the daily lives of the fisherman themselves. The more he has learned the more interested he has become. With an MBA from La Salle University in Finance he can also provide some advice as the Alliance moves forward to purchase new fishing quota, which it will lease back to local fishermen at a price that helps them grow.
Sherin laughs to think he hadn’t heard of the Fishermen’s Alliance until his cousin Keith, who also lives on the Cape, invited him to a big party a number of years ago.
“And that’s how it all started, an invite to the Hookers Ball,” he said.
With three children grown, Sherin has more time to fish and boat with his wife, Jane Anne, as well as family and friends. Now that they have their first grandchild, they look forward to someday fishing on the Cape with them.
In his past, Sherin was closely involved with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), having served in numerous committee chair roles and as President of the NJ Chapter.