Everything starts with getting the right people together. Our global network consists of researchers, academics, non-profits, and charities that can support any project. The most important members of any team though, will be the local experts in the community! We work with our partners to identify them and once the team is in place, we define the scope of the problem and solution together.
Without knowledge about how and where to get funding, many projects fail before they start. We work with our partners to identify sources of funding, create funding proposals, and manage project funds.
Every team is different, every community is different, and every fish and fisheries project is different too. Over the years, we have learned that while good science is important, it is the other skills we bring to the table that help to make sustainability solutions adaptive and long-lasting. Many of the small or remote communities we work in need to adapt the state of the art science to fit their needs and budget. We specialize in this type of adaptation, and conduct research on validating and troubleshooting these processes in different environments around the world.
Capacity to conduct the project is important, but so is developing the capacity to implement and maintain project outcomes. We work with our partners to devise a plan based on existing capacity and help build capacity where needed.
The best outcomes are those that are created with the community, that benefit from local knowledge and expertise, and that occur when the community takes ownership of, and pride in, their achievements. We work with our partners to ensure that the community is a strong partner every step of the way.
A common issue we see in achieving sustainable fisheries is the gap between generating knowledge (i.e., research) and sustainably managing fisheries. We work with our partners to bridge that gap by developing a quality plan for implementation that focuses on adaptability and long-term positive outcomes.