Harbor Fishing Fleet Local Harvest

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Harbor Fishing Fleet Local Harvest
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Source: City of Santa Barbara

Set on a uniquely sheltered location on the coast, Santa Barbara's harbor makes for prized sea urchin, spiny lobster, and other tasty seafood.

Local commercial fisherman haul in an average of 11 million pounds of seafood a year.

The local fishing industry creates a $30 million economic benefit to the community.

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Eggs Ackley Jan 09, 2019 08:56 AM
Harbor Fishing Fleet Local Harvest

Keep raking in the urchins!! Protect and enhance the kelp forests! Growing up to 2 feet per day, kelp enhances biodiversity, filters and cleans the water, acts as carbon sinks, and help de-acidify the water as they absorb CO2. On another note: What happens when a lobstermen retrieve abandons his gear? I thought those pots were costly and required to be checked regularly(every 3 days?).

SantaBarbaraObserver Jan 08, 2019 04:21 PM
Harbor Fishing Fleet Local Harvest

Great video but the avg catch figures cited in the article and in the video is skewed by a few big bumper years in the 80's. The trailing avg for the last 20 years (up to 2013) looks to be about 6m pounds. I'll assume they use the same fuzzy math to come up with the 30m figure as well... Too bad they cant be honest with the figures. Not sure why they need to inflate them. Our fisheries are in trouble. I sure hope that Mother Nature bounces back, the stocks are in deep decline. Uni is our the saving grace. You can go to the best sushi restaurant anywhere in the world and you can get a taste of our coast. It really does taste like the water flowing through the channel.

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