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Heritage Fishing Society

History of How to Catch Fish

The Heritage Fishing Society is being organized to help preserve native, commercial and recreational fishing heritage along urban waterfronts. The program objective is to preserve knowledge, traditional practices and historic artifacts that were used by humans to catch fish in coastal communities.

"Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for lifetime."

Many shoreline communities are rooted in fishing activities. Heritage Fishing provides a way for people to learn, experience, and appreciate the water-centric traditions that once inspired colorful and attractive public ports.

Current efforts are focused on fishing heritage in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. However, we anticipate the development of a model that will work to preserve fishing knowledge and artifacts around the world.

We advocate for the development of heritage fishing permits and regulatory exemptions that support the preservation and education of past innovations and traditional fishing methods through active demonstration. We believe in preserving fundamental knowledge of how fish were caught by our ancestors.

Maintaining at least an essence of a traditional small vessel fishing fleet in many ports is paramount to the mission of engaging the public in activities that connect people with the sea.

We also are supportive of initiatives to develop fishing heritage sites and activities in specific coastal communities where the history of local fishing traditions can be told through museums, exhibits, events and education programs.

The Fishing Heritage Program is being sponsored by UPWA because it helps fulfill the following objectives:

1.) Raising awareness of a substantial regional heritage associated with local waters.

2.) Creating activation of waterfront municipalities with experiential activities.

3.) Encouraging participation in traditional fishing methods.

4.) Providing a purpose to preserve historic fishing vessels that add charm and character to waterfront communities.

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Funding Revenue Source:

Individual and vessel membership dues, corporate sponsors, FarmBoat Foods Co., public and private donations, and grants.