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