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We had over 50 people on Wednesday night, after a brief overview of the vision for the region we got right down to brainstorming.  We had put up the four pillars of the Blue Economy, Climate Change, Water/Wastewater, Fisheries and Energy however the group really focused in on fisheries.

In case you can’t read the text in the photo here’s a list of the ideas and topics discussed:IMG_4678 (1)

  • Buy fresh buy local
  • Community Supported Fishing (CSF) with a special focus on membership interacting with retail
  • Municipal shellfish support
  • Import/Export balancing: the idea that the Vineyard should have a balance of what gets exported and imported specifically with regard to fish/shellfish.
  • Marketing: better marketing of the Island and its assets
  • Little Guards: an ecologically focused summer program for kids
  • Nitrogen Mitigation: cost effective treatment options
  • Easement vs. conservation for shellfishing areas with a view
  • Cultural sustainability: preserving the Island’s culture with a focus on sustainability
  • Shellfish / Nitrogen Mitigation
  • Working Harbors: especially places like Vineyard Haven
  • Field Station: used for research, eco tourism, etc.
  • Shellfish compost

There was a great article published on the event: https://vineyardgazette.com/news/2016/03/12/blue-economy-initiative-urges-island-entrepreneurs-look-ocean

 

Peter Karlson