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Blue Water


Brett Tolley, co-founder and manager of Chatham Harvesters, takes a moment to express the significance of the cooperative and the importance of membership to the fishing community and the ocean. Born and raised in Chatham to a multi-generation fishing family, he has long recognized a disconnect between fishing families and the community, seafood lovers and local fish, and humanity and the ocean. Devoting most of his professional life to addressing this gap, Brett has spent the past 13 years with the North American Marine Alliance, advocating for healthier fishing communities and marine ecosystems on national and international platforms. With extensive experience on countless fishing boats, direct involvement with numerous fishing families, and collaboration with networks connecting millions striving to enhance the seafood system, Brett remains committed to bridging these divides and fostering a more harmonious relationship between people and the sea.

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