$63.5K grant is received by GFCPF to survive in fish industry
The Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund is fighting to survive after a decade later from when established in 2017.
Vito Giacalone, executive director of GFCPF said “The aging-out of the fleet and attrition has really taken a toll. We’ve now experienced two generations of fishermen who saw no value in continuing to fish.”
The U.S Rep. Seth Moulton assisted to the non-profit organization's receiving of fisheries innovation grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
The GFCPF received $63,500 to develop a new strategic plan to revise its role in “preserving and promoting a vibrant commercial fishing industry presence in the port of Gloucester.”
“The grant money will be used to conduct focus groups, host workshops and ultimately write the new strategic plan that, according to a supporting letter from Moulton, will serve as a guide for the GFCPF into the next decade,” Giacalone said.
“The grant will allow the GFCPF to conduct focus groups consisting of fishermen, bankers and other community stakeholders and host collaborative workshops to help draft and finalize the contents of the plan,” Moulton wrote to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.