The Sustainable Harvest Sector is a cooperative of fishing vessels operating from ports throughout New England. We harvest seafood, primarily groundfish such as cod, haddock, and flounder, from the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and southern New England waters.

We operate under strict regulations – both federally mandated, and additional rules enacted voluntarily by our membership – to ensure that we harvest responsibly and do not exceed catch limits designed to prevent overfishing.

Our member vessels are small to midsized, ranging from 40 to 100 feet long. All of our harvest is wild-caught and landed fresh.  We supply over a third of New England’s total groundfish catch, including over 75% of the fish landed in the state of Maine and nearly 40% landed in Massachusetts.

We operate under strict regulations – both federally mandated, and additional rules enacted voluntarily by our membership – to ensure that we harvest responsibly and do not exceed catch limits designed to prevent overfishing.

Our members provide well-paying jobs to hundreds of fishermen and seafood industry employees working on shore. Each year our membership harvests tens of millions of dollars of fresh seafood, generating nearly $100 million in GDP to the economy of the United States.

Fishing is one of America’s first and most vibrant industries, and we are committed to ensuring our fishermen continue to sustainably harvest seafood for the benefit of our coastal communities and the American consumer.