Dan Durbin, a former recreational fisherman and local business owner from San Jose, used a CFF loan to purchase his first commercial fishing boat, the F/V Golden Girl, along with permits to fish for Dungeness crab and salmon. Dan is dedicated to harvesting fish sustainably out of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay, California. In 2013, new pot limits brought California’s Dungeness crab regulations on par with Oregon and Washington, leveling the playing field between the three states where there is often cross-over in fishing effort. The hope is that the new regulation will reduce fishing capacity, decrease competition on the water, increase safety and reduce the amount of lost gear in the sea.
The Fort Bragg Groundfish Conservation Trust is a public benefit non-profit organization committed to securing and managing fishing privileges in the Limited Entry West Coast commercial groundfish fishery. The Trust aims to anchor quota share in the community of Fort Bragg, CA for the long-term benefit of local fishermen. The Trust offers opportunities for fishermen who commit to extra conservation practices to lease quota pounds on an annual basis at an affordable price. The Trust fosters resource stewardship and improvements in public and scientific knowledge of the West Coast commercial fisheries for the continuation of a robust groundfish fishery.
Donald Marshall, a former plumber and HVAC technician, received a loan from CFF which helped him to buy a crab permit for his boat, the F/V Janet E. Donald, who has fished since the age of 5, fulfilled his life-long passion when he became a full-time fisherman four years ago. Don sells directly off the dock in Half Moon Bay at Pillar Point Harbor.
Lucas Clark has extensive fishing crew experience in California and Alaska, in crab and sablefish in particular. He now captains the F/V Sea, based in his hometown of Fort Bragg, California, where he fishes for Dungeness crab, salmon and black cod.
CFF's loan to the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust, a community-led non-profit dedicated to securing groundfish fishing rights in the Monterey Bay region (Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Moss Landing), provided the organization with vital seed money to enable its establishment. The Trust acquires and leases groundfish fishing rights (quota and permits) annually, with prioritized leasing for local fishermen and incentives for fishermen to participate in programs that support the organization's environmental, economic, and social objectives.
The Morro Bay Community Quota Fund is an organization dedicated to ensuring a financially stable and environmentally sustainable Morro Bay fishery. The organization is committed to a “triple bottom line” mission (social, economic and environmental) that includes local stewardship of groundfish resources, support for marine dependent infrastructure and services in Morro Bay, and that provides for the next generation of smaller boat fishermen.
Owen Hackleman knows the ocean well, having fished most of his life and having earned a marine science degree from Cal Poly. He began fishing commercially with his dad and then CFF helped him buy his first fishing vessel, the F/V Provision. Owen fishes in the limited entry groundfish fishery using sustainable fishing gear to catch thornyheads and rockfish, focusing primarily on the live fish market.
Steve Fitz, captain of the F/V Mr. Morgan, continues his family tradition, operating the only commercial fishing operation in the United States that uses Scottish Seine gear, a selective and eco-friendly way to catch groundfish. Steve’s loan from the CFF helped him buy the Mr. Morgan from his uncle and start up Mr. Morgan Fisheries, a fishing business based in Half Moon Bay, specializing in sustainably harvested groundfish and Dungeness crab. Mr. Morgan Fisheries is known for its sand dabs, Petrale sole and chilipepper rockfish.