Today there are more women on the water than ever, so why do we still use the term “fisherman” to describe the men and women who harvest fish? We asked women who fish and write for a living what their preferred terms are. The answers may — or may not —surprise you.
Women have always played pivotal roles in the success of the commercial fishing industry, whether as cannery workers, fish cutters, biologists or business managers. Yet, their work has often been overlooked. To remedy this, we’ve taken a deep dive into the work of women in Monterey Bay fisheries, going back more than a century.
Of the three main ports on the Monterey Bay, Moss Landing stands apart with commercial fishing remaining the lifeblood of the local economy—even with robust recreation businesses and world-class research institutes (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Moss Landing Marine Labs) also calling the unincorporated town home.
There’s a steep learning curving in commercial fishing whether it’s on a boat, learning where to land fish and how to keep the equipment operational, or on the dock, trying to find a steady supply of seafood for vendors while ensuring a high-quality fresh product. A good mentor is invaluable. Roger Whitney, a buyer who has operated out of Moss Landing for over 40 years is passing all his know-how to the young upstarts at Ocean2Table, Charlie Lambert & Ian Cole.
Running from January 14th– 21st, Get Hooked, an official program of California Restaurant Month, is a week-long celebration of Monterey Bay’s restaurants that are sourcing locally landed and sustainably caught seafood and acknowledging the hardworking fishermen who reel it in.
We love local fishermen and seafood harvested from the Monterey Bay. Here are five reasons why—from the Monterey Canyon and its ecological abundance,to the rich history and culture of fishing, to the men and women who fish sustainably and help bolster our local economy.
The science and regulations that dictate what commercial fishermen can and can't do on the water are complex. The Monterey Bay Fisheries provides scholarships for fishermen to attend the Marine Resource Education Program (MREP) to help address the steep learning curve.
Santa Cruz has the reputation as a laid-back surf town. Though underlying this casual waterfront vibe is the commercial fishing fleet that has helped shape the culture and economy of the area. What are the factors that have shaped the harbor and what's in store for the future?
In California, the return of King salmon is a cause for celebration. They are a sport fisherman’s dream catch, and used to be a solid payday for commercial fishermen. However, California salmon have been in crisis due to droughts and water wars waged over their river habitat. Fortunately, there are groups working in the Monterey region to help salmon populations recover.
For the second year in a row, the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust will be teaming up with local fishermen and the boating community to find and remove lost Dungeness crab gear from the Bay. The project, which will operate out of Monterey, Moss Landing, and Santa Cruz, aims to keep the ocean free of marine debris and reduce the risk of entanglements with boats and marine life.