Target: Morro Bay Fishermen
Goal: Praise formation nonprofit that will support local fishermen
Small-scale fishermen in coastal areas are engaged in their trade to support their families. However, these fishermen have been increasingly oppressed by large corporate fishing practices. To combat this takeover, legislation has been enacted in Morro Bay, California to protect small-scale commercial fishermen from losing their occupations.
Commercial fishing remains a prominent aspect of the Morro Bay community in coastal California, and is the forefront of the Morro Bay economy. Since 2000, when the commercial fishing trade was considered an economic disaster, fishermen have struggled to hold onto their livelihoods. In response to the alarming take-over of corporate fish processing in larger ports, Morro Bay fishermen have banded together with scientists and civic leaders to support small-scale commercial fishing. Their plan of action was the creation of a community quota fund that aims to give small-scale fishermen more economic equality.
Quota funds, which set a cap on the amount of fish that can be caught, are relatively expensive for small-scale fishermen to purchase. To work around this problem, the Morro Bay Community Quota Fund was enacted to establish fishing rights worth about $2 million for individual fishermen to lease rights from. This quota is making it easier for younger fishermen to stay close to home to turn out profitable returns for their fishing trade.
Please sign the petition below to show support for the Morro Bay fishermen’s efforts to preserve the long-standing commercial fishing of the small-scale fishermen.
Dear Morro Bay Fishermen,
Reading about the efforts that you have put into counteracting the conglomerate takeover of corporate fishing in the Morro Bay area was truly inspirational. Morro Bay is well-known for its fishing industry, and small-scale fishermen are a large part of its culture and economy. Therefore, protecting the livelihoods of the fishermen is a priority for this town. The Morro Bay Community Quota Fund is a major step toward saving numerous fishermen’s livings.
Please continue your great work in preserving the livelihoods of the Morro Bay fishermen.
[Your Name Here]
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