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Our Programs

We are working to build permit banks in many of the Vineyard's most important fisheries, securing fishermen access to the resources they need to build strong, sustainable businesses. We also collaborate with other organizations to bring other services and community capacity-building activities to our fishing fleet. 

Sea Scallop Leasing and Dock-to-Table

We are working to build permit banks in many of the Vineyard's most important fisheries, securing fishermen access to the resources they need to build strong, sustainable businesses. We also collaborate with other organizations to bring other services and community capacity-building activities to our fishing fleet. 

In May 2017, through donations and creative financing, we purchased $1 million dollars’ worth of sea scallop quota, allowing up to 17,000 more pounds of this sustainably-managed shellfish to reach Vineyard docks. This quota will be leased at a reduced rate to island fishermen in the years to come. We're currently building an exciting, new summer sea scallop-share program, similar to Community-Supported Agriculture shares, where community members will collect weekly scallop shares and meet the fisherman who caught them. Join our mailing list to be the first to know when you can purchase your own share of fresh, local sea scallops! 

Luke's Legacy

In June 2016, we lost one of our most beloved board members, Luke Gurney, at sea. Luke’s family and we, his peers, wanted to make some good out of this tragedy, so we purchased his conch and sea bass permit from his family and created a program called Luke’s Legacy in his honor. Through Luke’s Legacy, we will develop a program to allow Luke’s permit to be fished by a young, qualified island fisherman in a revolving lease program to help those fishermen who are ready to launch their businesses but can’t afford an expensive fishing permit. The program will allow the fisherman to build a successful fishing business so they can purchase their own permit. At the end of the lease, Luke’s permit will be placed in the next qualified fisherman’s name, creating continual support for many young fishermen into the future.

Call us: 

(508) 687-0344

Write us: 

P.O. Box 96, Menemsha, MA 02552

mvfishermen@gmail.com

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