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The Morro Bay Community Quota Fund (MBCQF) is a public benefit non-profit corporation intended to permanently secure fishing privileges historically associated with the Central Coast. The long term goal of the CQF is to ensure a financially stable and environmentally sustainable Morro Bay fishery, built upon local stewardship of groundfish resources, sufficient fishing activity to support marine dependent infrastructure and services in Morro Bay, and  provide for the next generation of smaller boat fishermen.   Under it’s broader “triple bottom line” mission (social, economic and environmental) the CQF will also engage in collaborative research to improve scientific knowledge and support local fisheries.

RECENT NEWS AND MBCQF ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.