The fishermen and women, who have successfully completed the New England Young Fishermen's Alliance 9-month professional development program, called Deckhand to Captain training, will share their stories with the NH Food Alliance Network— how they started in the seafood industry, what drives them to protect their livelihoods, the challenges they face, and opportunities they hope to embrace as they transition from the deck to the captain's wheelhouse.
Their stories are informed by their learnings through intensive training on business plan development, financing, collaborative marketing, seafood industry advocacy work, safety training, cooperative research and much more as part of this one of a kind training program. Come together to connect with our fishermen and women and feel informed by their experiences as we continue to support and serve this vital food-producing community in New Hampshire. We will hear from the fishermen and women and have ample time for questions and further networking.
FEATURED FISHERMEN AND WOMEN
Curtis Pedersen fishes for lobster with his Father, Louis Pedersen out of Revere, Mass. After struggling in high school with academia and searching for his path, he started fishing with his Father and found his home on the FV Lisa Ann. Curtis has seen a rapid encroachment of industrialization and gentrification in his area of Massachusetts and is concerned with how this seems to be pushing fishermen out of the working waterfront.
Anthony Smith & Alicia Smith
Anthony Smith is a second generation fisherman, has over 20 years experience fishing in the southern groundfishery, crabbing, shrimping, scallops and now the New England groundfish industry. After a bad injury while working on a vessel, Anthony returned to the industry and has since relocated to New Hampshire. Anthony is looking forward to becoming an Owner-Operator of his own vessel and adding a new vessel to our NH fleet. With his passion and determination, we know he will succeed.
Nicole Fel Dotto
This event is hosted in partnership with the New England Young Fishermen's Alliance and the NH Food Alliance.