Two Very Different Ports–Shelter Cove and Eureka–Asked to Help Develop Fishing Community Sustainability Plans
If you had $5 million to spend on either the Shelter Cove or the Eureka port, what would you do with it and why? That’s a question that will be asked at two upcoming meetings looking at ways to improve both areas, particularly for the fishing industry.
Laura Casali, Rob Dumouchel, and Wyatt Smith working under Professor Laurie Richmond, Ph.D., in concert with Lisa Wise Consulting, are developing Fishing Community Sustainability Plans for both Eureka and Shelter Cove. The project is funded by NOAA’s Saltonstall-Kennedy program. Dr. Richmond is an assistant professor in the Environmental Science and Management Department whose bio says she explores “the connections between social and ecological systems.”
The project examines the sustainability of the fishing industry. Shelter Cove lost the vast majority of its fleet over the last few decades and only has a handful of active fishing vessels remaining, while Eureka has fewer than 200 boats actively fishing.
The researchers’ Press Release describes the plans and their purpose.
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Fishing Community Sustainability Plans (CSPs) are a way for fishermen to have a direct impact on the future of their port and their industry. CSP planning is a process that involves working with stakeholders in fishing and waterfront activities to assess community needs and develop a list of recommendations to take to improve the sustainability of their ports.
A key focus of the plan will be the commercial fishing industry but the process incorporates a wide range of waterfront interests including: commercial fishing, charter and recreational fishing, mariculture, fish buyers/processors, marina services, support industries, tourism, and local government. A CSP is a strategic document that will help the fishing community identify, communicate, and attain their goals for a stronger and more resilient future.
The only area of Humboldt County’s fishing industry currently growing is the mariculture, or oyster, sector, according to Wyatt Smith, who is working on the project. Young people are entering into mariculture. The oyster growing community is tight-knit and working together, and it has the potential to make a significant contribution to the local economy helping to diversify the region’s agriculture market, he explained.
The researchers have already completed a year’s work on the planning projects for Shelter Cove and Eureka, California. They have formed focus groups for both areas, conducted at least 100 one on one interviews with fishermen, elected officials, and residents, and are now going to community-wide meetings.
On the 27th and the 29th, everyone is invited to these events in Eureka and Shelter Cove respectively. This last set of meetings reaches out to hear from the general public whether you are involved directly in the fishing industry or not. Shelter Cove’s flyer is above; Eureka’s is below. The flyers have all the relevant details of when and where.
The format will be very low-key. There will be tables and displays giving the communities a glance at what has been learned so far. And everyone who wants to may answer a question to discover their ideas and priorities for the ports: If you had $5 million to spend on this port, what would you do with it and why?Eureka Public Meeting Flyer_smaller