CCWF was incorporated as a 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization in 2006. It was launched with the help of a generous grant from the Central California Joint Cable Fisheries Liaison Committee and a committed group of women with foresight and ideas to support commercial fishing and the fishermen. We have had many past projects over the years to educate the public about the benefits of locally caught seafood and the journey of it, from the sea to kitchen tables and restaurants. We also have projects that support fishing families in various ways.
One of the larger projects was the statue which is next to Morro Rock. Many fundraisers were conducted by CCWF over several years in order to have the “For Those who Wait” statues designed and constructed by the well known sculptor, Elizabeth McQueen. Fundraisers included several fish fries, rummage sales, and a beautiful fish designed quilt that was raffled off after being displayed at many local public places for a year. CCWF donated the statue to the city of Morro Bay.
Other past endeavors, made possible through fundraisers and grants, were providing dock carts for fishermen to use on the docks and piers. Also a Clean Boating Program, where CCWF provided all the commercial fishermen in Morro Bay and Port San Luis with a large duffle bag full of different types of oil absorbent pads and information of all the city or county places to discard oil, paint and other wastes.
Other projects that we have done and currently do: The Fishing Heritage Scholarship Program The Fishermen Family Relief Fund
- Displays in public places of the local fishermen, their boats, and the different ways they fish.
- Displays and hands on learning at events for school kids about the sea and fishing.
- A DVD about water for salmon that was distributed to teachers and home schoolers, and is still available by contacting one of the board members.
- Booths at the annual Harbor Festival to educate about local fishing, a display of the local fish and sea creatures donated by the fishermen and the popular fish print booth for kids (adults enjoy it too). Some unique artwork has been produced using squid, sand dabs and other small fish with paint, paper and glitter.
Some of our future goals are:
- To keep funding and operating our existing Fishing Heritage Scholarship Program.
- To build our Fishermen Family Relief Fund and continue to help fishing families in need.
- Waterfront signs displaying information about local fish, boats and gear types.
The mission of Central Coast Women for Fisheries, Inc., a California nonprofit public benefit corporation (“CCWF”), is to foster and promote a sense of the living culture of fishing communities by providing education, training, research and support for: