The following is a press release issued by the City of Fort Bragg:
With grant funding from the California Coastal Commission, and support from the California Sea Grant, the City of Fort Bragg and Noyo Harbor District will soon begin the Noyo Harbor Blue Economy Visioning, Resiliency and Implementation Plan (The Plan). This effort will provide much needed analysis for informed decision making as we develop a shared vision for our coastal community. Findings from The Plan will result in several updates to both the City of Fort Bragg and Mendocino County’s Local Coastal Programs.
The Plan is part of a larger regional effort of the Noyo Ocean Collective, an expanding network of for profit and nonprofit businesses, academic institutions, and government, working to position our coastal region for blue economy investment. The “Blue Economy” represents a diversification of ocean based businesses – in order to support our existing fishing industry and local heritage, while developing new and innovative industries to address some of our most challenging environmental, physical, social, and economic issues.
Before getting started on this three year endeavor, we set out to develop a communication and engagement plan to provide the public and stakeholders with a clear guide and understanding of the roles, actions, and outcomes of the project. The communication and engagement plan can be accessed both as a standalone document and through the www.NoyoOceanCollective.org website, which will continue to expand and evolve over the duration of the project.