Fort Bragg & The Blue Economy
The Blue Economy is about sustainable use of ocean resources
for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and a healthy marine ecosystem.
The Blue Economy offers a path for considering economic development and ocean health as compatible positions; emerging when economic activity is in balance with the long-term capacity of ocean ecosystems to remain resilient and healthy. This is an innovative sector that encompasses a broad range of activities from traditional ocean sectors to new businesses focused on ocean resiliency, and includes activities related to climate change, fisheries, renewable energy, tourism and transportation.
The City of Fort Bragg is exploring how a strategic focus on the development of Fort Bragg's ocean resources could be a driver and enabler for the local economy. The Noyo Harbor is central to Fort Bragg's identity as a working waterfront, however harbor businesses have weathered a number of setbacks in recent years - many related to environmental constraints such as, wasting starfish disease, red tide events, and low fishery numbers. A new discourse on growth and sustainable development could be a turning point in setting economic priorities for reuse of the former Georgia Pacific Mill Site.
10:00am Mendocino Community College Coast Center
- Introductory Comments from Sarah McCormick, Housing & Economic Development Coordinator
- Welcome from Amanda Xu, Dean of Centers, Mendocino-Lake Community College District
- Attendee Introductions
- Blue Economy Symposium Collaboration @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
12:00pm Mill Site South Tour
- Noyo Center for Marine Science Property & Potential Coastal Industrial Innovation Site @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
1:00pm Town Hall Presentations
- Welcome from Tabatha Miller, Fort Bragg City Manager
- Fort Bragg & The Blue Economy from Sarah McCormick, Housing & Economic Development Coordinator
- Larry Oetker, Executive Director of Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District
- Paula Sylvia, Program Director for Port of San Diego's Aquaculture & Blue Technology Program
- Brian Tsuyoshi Takeda, Founder & CEO of Urchinomics
- Sheila Semans, Executive Director of Noyo Center for Marine Sciences @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>