FBGA is proud to have played an active role in educating public officials on the importance of reducing the interest rate on the West Coast trawlers fleet for the 2003 permit/vessel buyback loan. On December 12, the Revitalizing the Economy of Fisheries in the Pacific Act passed the US Sentate with bipartisan support. All told,
In September 2014, the Monterey Bay Aquarium recognized the hard work of the West Coast Groundfish Fishery and upgraded many of its ratings on species caught by FBGA vessels. The upgraded species range from rockfish to Pacific sanddabs and Dover sole to sablefish. See the complete list and the official announcement.
Once unlikely partners, both fishermen and members of the environmental community are now working together toward a healthy and robust ocean and vibrant fishery for generations to come. For decades, fishermen have tracked their locations of where successful fishing has occurred and where poor conditions exist – either from rocky terrain, sensitive habitat, or unwanted
Fort Bragg Groundfish Association was host to an “exchange” between fishermen and sector managers from New England and fishermen and other industry leaders from the West Coast groundfish fishery. FBGA’s involvement in the exchange came about through its partnership with The Nature Conservancy – a collaboration that aims to stabilize and revitalize the West Coast
The FBGA groundfish Fishery was just certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. A celebratory party is being held in San Francisco this month (July 2014). Read more at nationalgeographic.com