In the Monterey Bay region, a place celebrated for its deep history and culture of commercial fishing, the fishing industry is struggling to survive. Fluctuations in the health of fish stocks, complicated and expensive regulations, weakened infrastructure, and competition with foreign imports have taken a toll on the local fishing community. In 2014, representatives from the fishing industry, Monterey Bay Aquarium, local government, and others came together to establish the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust (MBFT), a nonprofit aimed at protecting and revitalizing local, sustainable fisheries. Ultimately, MBFT seeks to achieve a balance between a healthy ocean environment and a healthy fishing economy. In this seminar, MBFT’s Executive Director Sherry Flumerfelt will discuss MBFT’s efforts to protect local access to important fisheries, rebuild markets, provide business support services for fishermen, cultivate stewardship and leadership among fishermen, and educate the public about the importance of supporting local fishing businesses.
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