Commercial fishermen, conservationists and policy makers have worked out a plan that benefits the ocean environment and commercial fishermen on the West Coast – and it all started in Monterey! In April, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) moved to protect 140,000 square miles of ecologically sensitive marine habitat, while opening thousands of square miles of previously closed fishing grounds.
There has been a lot of buzz lately around our new Fish Hub program, with stories airing on KAZU and KION as well as articles in Edible Monterey Bay and Civil Eats. Which is prompting a lot of people to ask: what exactly is a fish hub? Here we explain the why, the what, and the who of our new program to rebuild local markets for Monterey Bay seafood.
The Monterey Canyon bisects the bay and drops to over two miles deep - twice the depth as Arizona’s Grand Canyon! It’s the largest and deepest canyon off the Pacific Coast, with tributaries including Soquel Canyon to the north, and Carmel Canyon to the south. Krill from the deep canyons migrate up to the surface every night, helping to support the Monterey ecosystem.
Roger, who starts on March 19th, will be responsible for rebuilding local and regional markets for local seafood as part of our new Fish Hub program, which seeks to aggregate demand, coordinate logistics, and promote sustainable, Monterey Bay landed seafood.
Now restaurants and markets can proudly feature three more delicious groundfish on their menus. This month the National Marine Fisheries Service announced that Pacific ocean perch is recovered, 34 years ahead of projected schedule!
Pacific Elementary School in Davenport is serving bocaccio rockfish tacos, and the students love them! Bocaccio rockfish is a healthy, local seafood choice, and is one of three West Coast groundfish species that have recovered in recent months.
Humpbacks lunge feeding, orcas waiting to pounce on passing gray whales, and even pods of the mighty blue whale have been spotted in Monterey Bay. This is great news! However, more whales means more chances for mishaps when it comes to lost crab pots.
For the second year in a row, the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust is proud to be part of the Marine Resource Education Program West (MREP West), a workshop series designed for fishermen to learn about fisheries science and management.
We were excited to be featured in the Civil Eats article, "Can Fish Hubs Rebuild Demand for Local Fish?" The article highlights our collaboration with local fishermen, non-profits and others in developing local markets for our seafood.