Nothing says “sustainable” like Salmon & Berry Mousse with Crackers, Dressed Field Greens and Rustic Bread. Local Fish Oven-roasted with Lemon Butter, Pasta Florentine and Rolls Stuffed with Meat, Spinach and Cheeses, Baked in Savory Marina. (Vegetarian on request). And for desert, Farmers Market Fruit Crisp with Fresh Whipped Cream and Coffee.
And that’s just the feast for your tummy! There follows a feast for your mind as well when the MidCoast Watersheds Council takes you for a dinner cruise of Yaquina Bay on the Marine Discovery. For that’s what the Council really wants to tantalize you with; to ponder the future of Yaquina Bay on this delicious and delightful cruise Sunday, September 16th, from 5-7pm.
The council knows that there will soon be heavier uses of our beloved Yaquina Bay. The crabbers, fishers, boaters, sightseers, wildlife and bird watchers will soon be sharing our picturesque waterway with more industrial uses now that the Port of Newport’s International Terminal is gearing up to restart its role in international trade.
Early next year, the port is expected to begin Oregon log shipments to the far east using large logging ships making regular port calls. Couple that with an already busy NOAA Marine Operations Center and a vibrant commercial and sports fishing industry, the bay will become a very busy place indeed.
In view of all this, watersheds council coordinator Wayne Hoffman will present a vision for Yaquina Bay that accommodates these increased industrial uses while also being good neighbors for the wildlife flying above, and swimming in, the bay.
In its fifteen years of work, the Watersheds Council has brought in nearly $10 million dollars to the Central Coast economy, supporting local labor, and natural resource contracts that have put restoration and environmental improvements on the ground and in our rivers and streams. By joining us on our Yaquina Bay and River Dinner Cruise, you help support this continued vital work that celebrates our beautiful Yaquina Bay and River Estuary, a magnificent natural resource that supports salmon, shellfish, wildlife and a health human economy.
Hoffman says both industry and the natural environment can co-exist to the benefit of both through careful and thoughtful stewardship. During the cruise Hoffman will discuss continued improvements to water quality, bank stabilization, fish spawning habitat and the general health of the river. He will provide an overview of projects already accomplished as well as others still in the planning stages.
Space is limited so please reserve you place on deck today for dinner, presentation by Wayne Hoffman and a two hour tour of Yaquina Bay by clicking here, on our secure website. Tickets are $75 per person ($85 after September 1st). They may also be obtained at the Midcoast Watersheds Council Office at 23 No. Coast Highway, Newport, just south of the JC Market. For more information call 541-265-9195.