Don't miss extension team members Luke Gardner, Kevin Johnson, Carolyn Culver, Gina Contolini, and Kristin Aquilino as they participate in facilitated discussions at the Fort Bragg Blue Economy Symposium & Learning Festival.
While capacity is limited in Town Hall, presentations will be broadcast live for community participation. More details and times will be posted on the symposium website as the event approaches.
The Blue Economy Symposium is a collaboration between the City of Fort Bragg and California Sea Grant focusing on exploring the needs and potential for developing a resilient and vibrant blue economy in and around Fort Bragg. This symposium will bring together local and state agencies to develop pathways forward for the community.
The first day of the symposium will focus on city and harbor infrastructure needs, discussions with commercial/recreational fishers and associated businesses about sustainable blue economies followed by education, entrepreneurship and job force training considerations to support growing a blue economy. The second day will explore the potential of developing an aquaculture park in the region. Speakers will present information on different aspects of current and potential aquaculture activities elsewhere in California that are restorative and/or commercial in nature. The symposium is intended to highlight current efforts underway to: support sustainable fishing economies; expand community of aquaculture practices in California; and introduce concept design to establish municipal ocean water infrastructure for aquariums, research, and aquaculture.