July 18, 2009
FORUM 1:30 PM
DINNER begins at 5:30 PM
This Saturday at dinner we’ll be offering an Italian Riviera-style fisherman’s stew in addition to our other menu choices. It will be served in honor of our small-boat fisher-men and -women, available to forum participants and audience as well as to our regular customers. The stew will be comprised of all local fish — rockfish, squid, and clams — with wild fennel pollen, saffron, and olives, and so on.
Twenty dollars for the lovely stew, $5 for a glass of appropriate, chilled white wine. A fitting meal to cap off what we hope will be a worthwhile afternoon. You don’t have to attend the forum to join us for dinner, but we’re excited by the way the forum has evolved, and hope that you do so.
Update of this Saturday’s Fisheries Forum:
Though not widely reported, proposed is a policy that would dramatically change Pacific coast fishing, and could come about in a way that wipes out the fishermen we rely on and trust for their stewardship and the quality of fish they provide. In the worst case scenario, an entirely industrial model for our local seas would cost us our small boat fishermen — an unintended and avoidable consequence. This is a very important public policy question.
The small boat fishermen have been fighting this plan to exhaustion, while environmental groups are hopeful that a plan to reverse the degradation of the ocean’s fisheries is near. The forum will focus on a possibly positive outcome for both parties, that takes advantage of a provision in the law for the development of something called a “Community Fishing Association”. We hope to begin to describe what this might look like here in the Bay Area. Port Orford provides us with an idea of what a Community Fishing Association can accomplish. We’ll be looking for an outcome where fisher-men and -women can prosper and fisheries will be well managed for our future.