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CHICO, Calif. (August 15, 2013) — The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District (the District) board has agreed to acquire of the former Samoa pulp mill site in Humboldt Bay.
This decision was helped, in part, by a unique and creative partnership between Coast Seafoods Company and the District. Greg Dale of Coast Seafoods Company provided crucial support to the District by guaranteeing a Letter of Credit that allows the District to begin contracting to remove the hazardous liquors from the site.
Professional Aquaculture Services assisted during the evaluation process of this project, providing vital information regarding aquaculture related uses. As a result, the 72 acre site has been thoroughly reviewed, from environmental hazard assessment to opportunities to establish a working waterfront with facilities to serve the public.
Tony Vaught, Owner of the firm, stated, "The site has many advantages not found at other coastal sites. A few are the availability of fresh water and salt water, the nearby resources of the commercial fishing industry and a community that recognizes the need to increase our domestic production of fish and shellfish.” In summary, the site is a potential home for aquaculture, science, light manufacturing, and support for existing businesses in Humboldt Bay.
The positive outcome of this evaluation is paramount as the interest in the production of fisheries products through aquaculture has seen unprecedented growth in recent years. This growth is due to many factors, which include: increased worldwide consumption, low supply due to environmental impediments to wild harvest, and the domestication and production of new species.
As a reference, in 2013, the percentage of aquaculture produced fisheries products will exceed 50% of global supply. The ongoing challenge remains to keep up with the demand created by population growth and the reduction of wild caught fish while keeping environmental and financial sustainability in balance. Integrating a variety of environmentally diverse production areas, species, and research projects will help to focus on the production of food, the creation of satisfying jobs, and the security of our food supply. The Humboldt Bay pulp mill site can offer many benefits in this regard.
In summary, the Humboldt Bay pulp mill site has many components needed to support commercial aquaculture; the sustainability of aquaculture is well documented. Production of clean, healthy, local product with valuable byproducts on this site will also improve the property aesthetically while stimulating commerce.