Off the Hook is a sustainable fisheries cooperative founded by 5 hook and line fishermen and their families from Nova Scotia, and managed by Dave Adler from Lower Prospect. They support and promote sustainable fisheries by providing people with fresh, sustainably caught fish, while providing fishermen and their families with a fair price for their catch. They have been named finalists in a global competition that is being held by National Geographic in Washington D.C. The contest is the first in a series called “Solution Search”, and theme of this search is “Turning the Tide on Coastal Fisheries”. The contest aims to find community supported projects which provide innovative solutions to mitigate the global crisis of fish depletion. Off the Hook was the only project in North America to make it to the top ten (there were over 100 entries from 48 countries). To have a “made in Nova Scotia” solution recognized on the global stage is exciting for everyone. The last phase of the contest is an online vote which ends Dec 24. If Off the Hook makes it make it to the top 3, they will be flown down to DC to meet with key stakeholders in international fisheries management and marine conservation. If they win, they get a $20,000 grant to go towards their work, and National Geographic will produce a video that features their project and Nova Scotia fisheries. For more on Off the Hook, go to www.offthehookcsf.ca. Go to www.rareplanet.org/challenge for more info on the contest and to vote for Off the Hook.