Monday, August 2, 2010

3 out of 4 become obsolete, Home Depot can handle the hardware.

With the advent of digital cameras , the MLPA  and other effects on local  fresh water fisheries  making fishing a thing of the past, this sign in Orick Ca. is a blast from the recent past.

Half way between McKinleyville Home and Garden Center to the south and Home Depot to the north in Crescent City, it's hard to make it in a small town caught in between two successful enterprises peddling 3 of four relevant products.

Too bad for the fishing industry. In the ocean, they are caught in between the off shore trawlers that rape the oceans of the world and some over zealous environmental groups that would put all fishing off limits to most people.
There is a bright side to Orick Ca. and that is the Palm Motel & Cafe. Next door to the old Orick Theater on U.S. Highway 101, it has been refurbished and is a welcome sight for wary travelers caught between the two towns with diverse services.


  1. Tom, we really should talk about the MLPA. Drop me an email at if you'd like to hear the experience of someone who is living and breathing MLPA most hours of the day.

    I do love the sign!

  2. Living and breathing MLPA is not the same as understanding the effect on fishermen. Inviting in "stakeholders" whose only stake is to file lawsuits no matter what the outcome is only part of the problem.

    Don't worry, Jen, pretty soon no one will be working. That's the end game, right? Timber, effectively dead. Farming, under concerted attack, fishing, in it's death throes. Construction isn't far behind. Locally, it looks like the oyster industry is also under attack. Nothing successful will be left standing.

    We're going to be pretty much dead in the water (no pun intended), unable to create or build anything, or produce or provide anything ever again - but don't worry, we can get it all from third world countries.

    Not sure where you'll be going next. Oh! Wait! yes we are! The EPA is now planning to regulate DUST. That's d-u-s-t. "...Now, farmers will be held accountable when their dust moves outside of their property lines and towards towns and villages. That will impose extra cost on them depending on which way the wind blows..."

  3. Thanks, Tom.

    Rose, part of my "living and breathing" includes a lot of listening to fishermen and working with them to figure out the best places to protect, with the point of networked protection being to ensure fishing can continue far into the future -- you need fish to be able to do that and protecting a small portion of their habitat will help make sure there's plenty of them. (And beyond the fishing component is the fact that the ocean is a vast public resource with great intrinsic value. Let's remember that.)

    As far as your suggestion that I don't want people working, well, that's silly. I support local fishing through my work on MLPA, local farming through my CSA share and as many local businesses as I can given my relatively modest income. Also a fan of local construction – we have a lot of talented folks who work hard to combine building with beauty and sustainability. I'm lucky to rent a home from one of them, in fact.

    Although times have changed – and keep changing – manufacturing is far from dead in Humboldt County. Or, at least in Arcata (not sure the stats for all over) – that city is doing pretty well with light industry. I've lived up-and-down the coast and the people here create, build, produce and provide far more than I've seen elsewhere – hopefully the rest of the country will follow suit.

  4. Jennifer, it's going to take some real substance to change my views of the MLPA but I am up for it. I would like to work with you on getting the word out for the CSA projects. That's something we agree on from the get go along with Sacred Grounds coffee.


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