Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary supports vibrant local economies by protecting important ocean habitat.
|I've participated in the research and educational activities at the Cordell Bank [National Marine Sanctuary]- from bird and whale watching expeditions to the scientific research of non-profits - and I'm always amazed to see the staff and resources devoted to these projects. In addition to these "cottage industries" that are directly stimulated by the sanctuary, are the local recreational and commercial fishing activities and environmental tourism. All these depend on the healthy oceans that the sanctuary protects at Cordell Bank. |
- George Clyde
Local resident and member, Cordell Bank Sanctuary Advisory Council
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary is located 50 miles northwest of the San Francisco Bay area and its eight million residents. This area is among the top tourist destinations in the world and the healthy coastal environment is a major attraction for visitors and locals. Recreational and commercial activities contribute to the socioeconomic value of this region.
- Primary activities in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary include commercial and recreational fishing, wildlife viewing, research and education. All commercial vessel traffic using the northern shipping lane of San Francisco Bay passes through sanctuary waters.
- In 2003, harvest revenue from commercial fisheries inside Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary was estimated at $1.3 million (in 2011 dollars). Species harvested included albacore, Dungeness crab, salmon, California halibut, rockfish and flatfish. Sanctuary protection for ocean habitats is protection for the ocean economy.
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