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California Fisheries CoalitionWhat the Public Thinks

A 2007 survey for the Alliance of Communities for Sustainable Fisheries shows that two-thirds of Californians support small, independent fishermen and recreational fishing activities. Californians don't think fishing is the primary threat to our oceans. Instead they support allowing fishing throughout the State - backed up with science-based limits to ensure sustainable harvest.

Californians want smart management of marine ecosystems and fish resources, not total ocean closures that simply hurt local economies without delivering real environmental benefits. Highlights from the study are below:

  • 71 percent of Californians agreed that they seek out and enjoy visiting coastal areas, working waterfronts and the communities that have them


  • 92 percent of those polled, rated pollution in any form as the highest threat to the ocean


  • Two-thirds of Californians (66 percent) disagree that fishing harms the ocean. There was much more support (by more than 2 to 1) for allowing fishing in all areas, with science-based limits on the total harvest (68 percent support this position) over fully protecting (i.e., prohibiting all harvesting in) some areas with the concomitant result that fishermen would concentrate their fishing in remaining open areas (24 percent). In simple terms, Californians support harvest limitations over complete harvest bans


  • 87 percent of respondents that sustainability to them meant a "balanced" use over no use at all


  • 79 percent of the respondents rated commercial fishing as being directly rated to California's economy



California Fisheries CoalitionWhat Tourism Officials Think

In a February 2008 study, 143 tourism business professionals and civic leaders in three California coastal communities - Morro Bay, Monterey and Crescent City - were asked about the importance of their fishing heritage, the public's ability to access working waterfronts, and the public's opportunity to buy and consume fresh local seafood, to their local communities.

The study showed a strong connection between the presence of commercial fishing operations, opportunities for recreational fishing, the viewing of working waterfronts, and the ability of the public to obtain fresh local seafood, to those community's successful and much larger tourism economies. Highlights from the study are below:

  • 74 percent of tourism professionals indicated that having local, fresh seafood available is of great importance to attracting business to their community


  • 63 percent of tourism professionals indicated that the fishing heritage of their community was of great importance in attracting business to their community


  • 74 percent of the local tourism industry's marketing and advertising directed toward tourists and potential business feature fishing activities, boats


  • Fishing and fishing heritage, along with oceans, bays, and beaches were identified as the attractions and opportunities that made the community unique


  • The three most important factors influencing the local economy were tourism, access to local seafood and an active waterfront. Commercial and recreational fishing and manufacturing round out the top six


  • 58 percent of tourism professionals indicated that the number of jobs directly created by fishing activities was of great importance to their community's economy


  • 80 percent of tourism professionals believe that their community government appreciates its cultural resources


  • 74 percent of tourism professionals believe that their community government works to preserve its cultural identity


More info on the survey at:
http://www.alliancefisheries.com/pub_html/html/NewsPR1.html



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