As the complexity of fisheries management has expanded, so too has the number of committees, advisory panels and meetings with the potential to affect New Jersey’s fishing industry. GSSA staff attends or monitors all of the relevant meetings, to represent our members dependent on the fisheries which will be affected.
We are dedicated to sincere and effective representation to protect the interests of New Jersey fishermen and New Jersey’s fisheries dependent businesses.
Through the Seafood Coalition, a nationwide network of fishing organizations which is operated by GSSA staff, we share information on what is happening on the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts with the potential to impact the commercial fishing industry nationally.
GSSA staff regularly reviews dozens of government, technical and trade publications for items that relate to New Jersey fisheries and takes appropriate action when warranted.
GSSA staff has established effective relationships with state and federal legislative staff and is increasingly the “go to” information source when fishing related questions come up.
For additional information about the GSSA, please visit www.gardenstateseafood.org or follow us on twitter @gssanj.
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So called because these fish were conveyed from ocean to can with minimal processing, wet from the sea, sardines, mackerels, anchovy and market squid, as well as coastal tunas, have contributed the lion’s share of the commercial catch in California since before the turn of the 20th century. Today sardines, jack and Pacific mackerel, anchovy and market squid are called Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS), for management purposes. Another link among these species: all are harvested primarily with round-haul nets (lampara and purse seine).
The complex of fisheries that comprises the wetfish industry has shaped the character of California’s culture in addition to the infrastructure of California’s fishing industry. Immigrant fishermen of Asia, Italian, Slavic and other nationalities helped to build the fishing ports of Monterey and San Pedro, San Diego and San Francisco, as well as points in-between.
Although changed in many ways from its historic beginnings, the wetfish industry remains an important part of California’s fishing industry. Now as then, the industry has supported research to conserve and sustain wetfish resources, an integral component of the California Current Ecosystem and essential to the survival of this storied industry.
The non-profit California Wetfish Producers Association (CWPA) was established in 2004 to promote sustainable fisheries and foster cooperative research. Voluntary membership includes the majority of wetfish harvesters and processors operating in California. For more information on CWPA, view the background information in The Industry Today.
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