Jane Lubchenco, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will visit Morro Bay on Friday.
That morning she will meet with local commercial fishermen to discuss a newly implemented catch-share program. The controversial program applies to groundfish trawling and allocates a percentage of the allowable catch to individual fishermen and fishing companies.
Following her meeting with the fishermen, Lubchenco will take a boat tour of the Morro Bay harbor, said Jim Milbury, NOAA spokesman. She plans to leave in the afternoon. She is not planning any public events, Milbury said.