Harbor Commission Supports Alliance of Communities for Sustainable Fisheries Service
The San Mateo County Harbor District has adopted a resolution supporting the recently formed Alliance of Communities For Sustainable Fisheries. The Alliance was formed several months ago by fishermen from the four harbors that adjoin or lie within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary: Pillar Point, Santa Cruz, Moss Landing, and Monterey. Representatives from the harbors were actively involved with the fishermen in getting the organization underway. The group was formed to provide a more vocal and informed voice in the Sanctuary Management Plan review process now underway for Monterey, Gulf of the Farallones, and Cordell Bank Sanctuaries, and in federal and state consideration of establishing marine reserves in which fishing could be prohibited.
Pillar Point fishermen have organized themselves to actively participate in the Alliance's activities. These include participating in State Department of Fish and Game hearings regarding Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) implementation, Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council meetings, other meetings with staff of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), that oversees the Sanctuary Program, the recent meeting of the port and harbor advocacy group, the California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference, in Half Moon Bay, and in developing information and questions for use in the Sanctuary review and MLPA processes.