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Fishing sector focus of Whatcom Food Network’s Spring Forum

May 2nd, 2018 | Category: News

BELLINGHAM – The Whatcom Food Network invites all interested organizations and individuals to their Spring Forum on Thursday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Squalicum Boathouse. This spring, the Forum will focus on Whatcom’s fishing sector, which creates 1,781 direct jobs, generates $320 million in revenue from purchases by the fishing fleet at the Port’s marinas, and $16 million in tax revenue for state and local governments. Participants will learn about the economic impact of fishing, challenges, health of fish populations, management and consumer issues, tribal fisheries, and labor as it relates to this important sector. Forum presenters include: Pete Granger, President of the Working Waterfront Coalition, and former Program Leader for the Washington Sea Grant Program at University of Washington; Cliff Cultee, Former Chair of the Lummi Nation Indian Business Council; Kevin Riley, Assistant Plant Manager of Trident Seafoods; and Riley Starks, Marketing Manager for Lummi Island Wild. Granger, Cultee, and Starks are all long-time commercial fishermen and Riley has been with Trident for over 30 years. This event is free, though registration is required. This event is made possible by generous support from the Whatcom Community Foundation. Every year, the Network holds two forums to increase awareness of work being done in our food system and to create a connecting point for organizations to come together, network, and discuss topics. To register and for more information, visit www.whatcomfoodnetwork.org.

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