Thursday, September 10, 2009

Take A Stand for Local Ocean Food Event

Concert & Seafood Tasting @ Albion Flat
Sept. 26

Local ocean food providers urge everyone to come to the “Take a Stand for Local Ocean Food!” Concert and Seafood Tasting at the Albion River Campground on Saturday, Sept. 26, from noon until 8.

Sample local albacore tuna, fresh oysters, uni (urchin roe), sea palm tips, with beer and wine available. Learn about northern California's sustainable fisheries from community members who are taking a stand to support local ocean food. Our fisheries and public ocean access are threatened by the so-called Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), as well as plans for offshore energy projects like wave energy, and it is our goal to restore the people's relationship with the ocean as a source of food and wealth for our coastal economy.

Enjoy the music of Black Horse, the Gatecrashers, Steven Bates and Rogerwood. Raffle, silent auction and vendor booths add to the excitement.

Tickets are $10 for the concert (BYO food) or $20 for the concert and seafood tasting. "Depression-Buster Deal": feed the family (4 tickets) for only $40. The event benefits the California Fisheries Coalition.

Overnight camping is available at Albion River Campground (707-937-0606) and the event location is off Highway 1, south of Fort Bragg, Calif.

Albion urchin diver Mike Carpenter was inspired to organize the concert while diving.

“When I started researching the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, I realized that this corporate-dominated process is an attack on sustainable fisheries and our whole community,” Carpenter said. “I hope a thousand people come to be informed, entertained and share local ocean food. United we stand!”

Advance tickets can be purchased on the Web at:

Tickets can also be purchased locally at these supporting businesses: Albion River Campground, Albion Grocery, Elk Store, ER Energy, Southern Exposure, Sub-Surface Progression, V'Canto Bar & Restaurant, and the Caspar Beach Campground.

Sponsoring organizations and businesses include the Recreational Fishing Alliance, the North Coast Fishing Association, CA Sea Urchin Commission, Little River Market, Ocean Fresh, Sonoma County Abalone Network, Aqua Rodeo Farms, J Bar S Ranch, Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers, Denise's Family Salon, Salmon Restoration Association, Faultline Music, Black Bear Press, Humboldt Fishermen's Marketing Association, Spunky Skunk and Rising Tide Sea Vegetable Co.

For more information call (707) 937-4362.

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