Beyond Our Shores was founded to engage the public in programs to collect data on Beyond Our Shores marine fisheries, ocean habitats, and the impact those resources have on coastal and regional economies. The common thread that links all of those topics together is an economically and ecologically important finfish species, the dolphinfish, whose existence impacts many stakeholders throughout the fishing industry. In the Caribbean Sea and throughout Latin America, dolphinfish is one of the most common seafoods served at restaurants, frequent fish to fill recreational vessel fish boxes, and exciting species to catch during fishing charters. In addition, dolphinfish is one of the top recreational blue water troll species targeted in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic and is also caught in domestic and foreign industrial commercial fisheries. Despite the importance of the species, there is a lack of information necessary to quantify seasonal and interannual trends and the status of the species. Beyond Our Shores seeks to advance a multi-national effort in the Caribbean Sea and greater Western Central Atlantic Ocean to collect data across sectors to continually assess the status of dolphinfish. This effort will build momentum through the following linked and expanding research programs:

Research Programs
Program Description
The Dolphinfish Research Program (DRP) – Originally founded as a state funded program in 2002 by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the DRP has grown into the world’s largest dolphinfish mark and recapture program driven by the collaboration of fisheries scientists and volunteer recreational, charter, and commercial fishermen. Up to 2016, 21,458 dolphinfish have been marked and released, and of those, 551 were recaptured throughout the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, which provided fundamental scientific data on the movements and life history of this species. To learn more about the history of the program, how to request a free tagging kit, and support the DRP, click here.
Beyond Our Shores Collaborative FAD Research Program Collaborative FAD Research Program  – The first recorded use of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) to aggregate open ocean fish for exploitation dates back to second century Rome (Taquet 2013). It was not until the 1950s that FADs began being used for commercial fishing throughout many ocean regions (Galea 1961; Gooding and Magnuson 1967). Currently, FADs are used by all fishing sectors (e.g., artisanal/subsistence, recreational, semi-industrial, and industrial) around the world and dolphinfish is a common, if not the most frequent, species that is caught. This is especially true of open ocean moored FADs in the Caribbean Sea. Beyond Our Shores, Inc., supports the FADRP to gather information on the harvest, behavior, and interactions dolphinfish have with moored FADs, along with vessel activity use patterns, to quantify how this species and the fishing industry use FADs throughout the region. Click here. to learn more about our research and get involved in data collection programs in the U.S. Caribbean Sea.
Beyond Our Shores Seasonal Catch Seafood Initiative SeasonalCatch Seafood Initiative– Whether pan fried, grilled, dressed in a taco, or diced in ceviche, dolphinfish is a common fish served throughout many restaurants across the United States and U.S. territories, where it is abundant, yet most of the product served comes from foreign fisheries abroad. This is the case for many seafood products and not just dolphinfish. Beyond Our Shores Inc., is working to promote U.S. based restaurants that source in-season, fresh, local, and sustainable sources of seafood within U.S. waters. Menta Cuisine, owned and operated by chef Cedric Taquin, is one of those restaurants. Chef Taquin, a seasoned fishermen himself, has partnered with Beyond Our Shores, Inc., to provide Menta Cuisine commercial fishermen with boat trackers in order to enable an interactive near-real time seafood traceability dashboard at his restaurant to teach restaurant patrons the story of their dish. To learn more about what’s in-season at Menta Cuisine in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, click here.

 

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