Moss Landing: In the Cradle of the Bay

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.

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Roger Burleigh
Passing The Torch: Generational knowledge in the Monterey Bay seafood biz

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.

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Roger Burleigh
5 Things that Set Monterey Bay Seafood Apart!

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. 

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Roger Burleigh
Santa Cruz: Small Crafts with Big Impact

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?

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Roger Burleigh
A King's Rule over The Pink Harbor

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.

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Sherry Flumerfelt
Collaboration between Fishermen and Environmental Groups Results in a Win-Win for Everyone

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.

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Sherry Flumerfelt
Mapping the Monterey Canyon

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.

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Sherry Flumerfelt