In 2019, the New England State Food System Planners Partnership launched the New England Feeding New England: Cultivating A Reliable Food Supply Project. The project's aim is to increase regional food production for regional consumption. It sets a goal to improve the reliability of our regional food system by strengthening supply chains and for 30% of food consumed in New England to be produced or harvested in New England by 2030. Shining Sea Fisheries Consulting contributed fisheries expertise in 2021-2022 2022 to this multi-collaborator project.
Shining Sea Fisheries Consulting worked with Southern New England fishermen from 2020-2022 to call for climate action strategies that safeguard and restore the health of the marine ecosystem while upholding the livelihoods of small-scale marine food producers. This work spawned a larger national campaign called he Fishery Friendly Climate Action campaign, which promotes "climate action led by people in boots, not people in suits."
In 2019-2021, Shining Sea Fisheries Consulting conducted 39 oral history interviews with young commercial fishermen (ages 18-35) from Maine to North Carolina. Interviews and transcripts will be published to the Voices from the Fisheries archive, along with several audio montages representing key themes in the interviews. One or more reports summarizing findings from the project will be published by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center Social Sciences Branch.
In 2019, Shining Sea Fisheries Consulting responded to a need to collect commercial fishermen's ecological knowledge (FEK) about the bay's changing ecosystem in a way that could be integrated alongside scientific monitoring data. Nineteen interviews were completed using a laminated nautical chart. The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP) then stepped in to provide scientific support, GIS support, and funding for completion of the project. In late 2021, the NBEP launched a working group to continue this kind of research in the future.
In 2020, Shining Sea Fisheries Consulting responded to a request from the RI Small Business Development Center to put together a team of experts to provide consulting and support to commercial fishing businesses during the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Called the "Fish Forward" initiative, this collaboration involved the Commercial Fisheries Center of RI, Ocean State Community Seafood, Eating with the Ecosystem, Shining Sea Fisheries Consulting, and John Lee communications.