National Permit Bank Workshop
On April 26-28, the Cape Cod Fisheries Trust hosted the first National Permit Banking Workshop in Boston.
Close to 70 attendees from 26 fishing communities, foundations, and other organizations participated in lively discussions, brainstorming sessions, and networking. It was a unique and important opportunity for fishermen and practitioners from Alaska to California and from the Gulf of Mexico to New England to get together and talk about their shared experiences and challenges.
Permit banks have been springing up around the country as a way fishing communities can keep local access to the fish off their shores. A permit bank buys fishing permits from retiring local fishermen and others, and then leases the accompanying fish quota to community fishermen at affordable rates. But, they can do much more than that.
The Trust hopes to foster a continuing dialogue among the participants and build up a support structure for permit banking work in small fishing communities across the country.