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Happy Holidays from One Fish Foundation!

Holiday Greetings!
 
Knowing where your food comes from is more important now than ever brefore. I know this as co-founder of lēf Farms, a hydroponic greens farm in New Hampshire. So much of our food comes from halfway around the world and is often grown or harvested in questionable conditions. We feel better about our food choices when we understand the story behind our food.
 
This theme is central to One Fish Foundation’s mission. As a board member, I feel strongly that educating students of all ages (adults too!) about where their seafood comes from empowers them to understand their relationship to seafood as a resource. Understanding our role in that relationship and knowing what questions to ask at a restaurant or seafood store ensures we get responsibly harvested seafood.
 
I’m writing you now to ask that you consider helping support One Fish Foundation’s mission to spread that message in more classrooms and communities.

Much of our classes continues to be virtual, via Zoom. While this can limit the number of classrooms we reach, it also presents opportunities to bring fishermen from around the country into the conversation.
 
In 2021, One Fish Foundation:

  • taught over 310 students virtually, ranging from 4th grade to high school seniors in Maine.
  • conducted a workshop for Massachusetts science teachers about sustainable seafood education;
  • compiled a database of student and teacher survey feedback that we’ll use to improve message delivery and effectiveness;
  • coordinated and co-produced Slow Fish 2021 Virtual Gathering, bringing together more than 200 folks from around the world to discuss a broad range of seafood supply chain and fisheries issues over a two-week period;
  • helped coordinate The Slow Fish North America Oversight Team Retreat to establish the network's future goals and objectives around responsibly harvested seafood supply chains;
  • authored four wide-ranging seafood columns for Edible Maine.
  • nurtured several connections between fish harvesters and seafood distributors;
  • connected fish harvesters with Congressional staff regarding effective fish policy; and, 

Despite continued uncertainty about when in-person learning will begin, we still have ambitious goals. We’d like to reach up to 1,000 students virtually and in person; host at least five KNOW FISH Dinners® (once safety is no longer an issue); and produce more written and audio/visual content to change more minds about knowing where our seafood comes from and why that matters.
 
We need your help to accomplish that.
 
As the year-end approaches, please consider a tax-deductible gift to One Fish Foundation. Your gift will help us reach more students and more communities and effectively change how we buy seafood in this country. 
 
We are a small nonprofit with big goals and a broad impact. Your donation will help us achieve those goals.
 
We wish you and yours a very happy and HEALTHY holidays!
 
Bob Ladue
Co-Founder, lēf Farms
One Fish Foundation Board Member
 

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The Slow Fish2021Virtual Gathering brought more than 200 diverse folks from around the world together to elevate the voices of small-scale, independent fish harvesters from across North America and beyond.
We reported on a host of ecological issues affecting fisheries, ranging from efforts to protect Bristol Bay, AK, to the lobster-right whale issue in the Gulf of Maine, and the devastation of Hurricane Ida on southwest Louisiana.
We explored many relevant topics in our quarterly column for Edible Maine, including this Q&A with John Banks, a member of the Penobscot Nation and Director of Natural Resources. He spoke of the importance of preserving Indigenous access to natural resources.
 
Severine Von Tscharner Flemming discussed her research into using alternatives to plastic in aquaculture with Portland High School seniors.
 
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