The Morro Bay Community Quota Fund (MBCQF) is a public benefit nonprofit corporation intended to permanently secure fishing privileges historically associated with the Central Coast.
LONG TERM GOALS
ENSURE a financially stable and environmentally sustainable Morro Bay fishery built upon local stewardship of groundfish resources.
MAINTAIN AND GROW sufficient fishing activity to support marine dependent infrastructure and services in Morro Bay.
PROVIDE for the next generation of smaller boat fishermen.
ENGAGE in collaborative research to improve scientific knowledge and support local fisheries.
RECENT NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
September 22, 2015 – NOAA Fisheries Visits Morro Bay
Morro Bay was the kick-off point for Frank Lockhart (Senior Analyst for Groundfish and Coastal Pelagic Species) and his staff from NOAA to meet with fishermen and related folks about the IFQ/catch share program. We had a great roundtable discussion on Tuesday, September 22nd, sharing and discussing concerns and issues. The following day, Wednesday, the group visited Rob and Tiffani Seitz as well as Bill Blue at the dock, looking at fish unloading and the Seitz Fish Processing facility. Thanks to NOAA and the fishing community for this chance to exchange ideas and plan for a positive future!
September 2, 2015
The Cape Cod Fisheries Trust recently published a Quota Fund/Permit Bank Handbook to provide information on how to build a Quota Fund/Permit Bank or how to manage one as a nonprofit business. The Morro Bay Community Quota Fund is features as a Case Study. Find the document here Cape Cod Fisheries Trust – Banking on Your Fishing Future
August 31, 2015
Two projects are funded in the amount of $16K in the first RFP process by the Morro Bay Community Quota Fund. Both projects advance scientific knowledge of economically and environmentally sustainable fishing practices and marine health. Read more in the Press Release – RFP 2015 Awards.
August 7, 2015
The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) currently has approximately $115,000 available to help fund repower projects for commercial fishing boats and other commercial vessels on the Central Coast. More information here Local Grant Funds to Replace Commercial Marine Engines Notice.
July 15, 2015
The MBCQF Science Advisory Committee will be evaluating the RFP’s received for award of up to 15K for fishery research/projects. Awards are expected to be announced in early Fall 2015.
June 1, 2015
Please note the Research Project RFP has an amendment concerning administrative overhead amounts. The RFP is due on July 1, 2015 and Amendment A can be found here MBCQF 2015 RFP – Research Projects-Amendment A.
May 10, 2015
The Morro Bay Community Quota Fund has re-released the 2015 Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking applicants to propose small research projects focused on fishery issues. The RFP is now due on July 1, 2015 and can be found here MBCQF 2015 Request for Proposals – Research Projects
March 18, 2015
Reporter Neil Farrell of the local Bay News reports on Divvying Up A Fishing Quota. Check for the story under the “News” tab.
March 9, 2015
The Morro Bay Community Quota Fund Board of Directors is opposed to the nomination of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary due to insufficient information that does not allow evaluation of the impacts of the proposed Sanctuary on the Morro Bay Community Quota Fund activities. See letter here MBCQF NMS Letter 3 9 15
Review the current Central California Commercial Fishery Spatial Closures here Central Ca Commercial Fishery Spatial Closures.
February 9, 2015
The Morro Bay Community Quota Fund has released the 2015 Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking applicants to propose small research projects focused on fishery issues. The RFP is due by May 1, 2015 and can be found here MBCQF 2015 Request for Proposals (1) – Research Projects.
January 3, 2015
The Moro Bay Community Quota Fund now has a Facebook page. Visit Facebook and “LIKE” the Morro Bay Community Quota Fund. Our Facebook page will be filled with photos and stories about events and activities involving the Quota Fund, its Fishermen, Board of Directors, staff and the community.
December 1, 2014
Fishermen and other interested parties, read the “Potential 2015 Groundfish Fishing Opportunity” flyer under the “News” tab for information on working with the Quota Fund in 2015.
November 10, 2014
Review the Central Coast Trawl Impact and Recovery Study, 2009-2012 Final Report which provides an interesting look at the impacts of bottom trawling on seafloor habitats.
November 7, 2014
Read the Morro Bay Commercial Fisheries 2014 Economic Impact Report and the related news article “Morro Bay’s Fishing Industry Reels in Largest Catch in 20 Years” from the San Luis Obispo Tribune located under the “News” tab.
October 22, 2014
Lyme Bay United Kingdom fishermen, scientists and managers visit Morro Bay through an exchange program, read more about their visit under the “News” tab.
September 2, 2014
The Seafood Watch Program updated 21 species of West Coast Groundfish to either a “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative” – many of these had been previously listed as a species to “Avoid”. Go to our “News” tab for more on this exciting story.
July 25, 2014
Morro Bay Community Quota Fund is in the news! Check out all our good press under “News” tab.
July 7, 2014
Check out the article about us in the New York Times: Creating a Safe Harbor for a Village Heritage
June 20, 2014
On June 20, 2014 the Morro Bay Community Quota Fund announced their successful acquisition of a portion of The Nature Conservancy’s fishing rights, securing permanent, local access and long-term viability of fishing for the community in Morro Bay.
The Morro Bay Community Quota Fund (MBCQF), a first of its kind nonprofit, will manage the fishing rights and will be overseen by community leaders, fishermen, scientists and economists committed to advancing an economically stable and environmentally sustainable fishery. The Fund will annually lease rights to local fishermen who commit to meeting a triple bottom line of environmental, economic, and social benefits.
Development of the MBCQF will allow leaders in Morro Bay to become empowered fishery stakeholders. We will work to make the Quota Fund a forum where local fishery issues can be discussed and solutions developed. We will continue our effort to develop a vision for a future fishery that provides for our community, local fishing businesses and the marine environment which we depend on. Organizing around such a vision for our fishery has allowed Morro Bay to more effectively participate in regulatory decisions, provide collaborative science input, and promote greater economic stability for businesses looking to invest in our working waterfront. Finally, the MBCQF is committed to sharing what we learn by working with other communities interested in implementing similar reform measures of their fisheries.
The MBCQF was able to acquire fishing quota with a loan from the California Fisheries Fund (CFF). The CFF, an innovative fisheries finance program, provides loans to fishermen, fish buyers, processors and distributors who are dedicated to sustainability.
April 17, 2014
Morro Bay City Council Approves Fishing Community Sustainability Plan! Read the Staff Report Here.