The Morro Bay Community Quota Fund, which works to secure fishing privileges along the Central Coast, has awarded $16,000 in grants for two projects to advance scientific knowledge of economically and environmentally sustainable fishing practices and marine health.
A $15,000 grant was given to “The Role of Local Marine Protected Areas in Enhancing Nearshore Groundfish Abundance” led by Cal Poly biology lecturer Jennifer O’Leary.
The project evaluates the effectiveness of the 2007 Marine Protected Areas that closed 85 square miles of fishing grounds in the Morro Bay area, assessing the change in fish abundance, size and distribution since the closure. A survey will be a collaboration between Cal Poly and local fishermen.
A $1,000 grant was awarded to Joshua Stoll of http://www.localcatch.org to help pay for a coordinator for the 2016 National Summit on Community Supported Fisheries.
The summit, to be held next spring, will include fishermen and others from the Central Coast and focus on defining the core principals of the Community Supported Fisheries initiative.
The initiative links fishermen to their local markets and works toward solutions to maintain seafood supply and ocean conservation.