New Bedford, MA
Ocean Stewardship is a cornerstone to the mission of Community Boating Center, Inc (CBC) of New Bedford. In 2018 and 2019 they will expand their programming to engage more students in learning about ocean health and how their behavior has an impact on the waters that surround their coastal city. CBC educators are working with hundreds of New Bedford Public School students at the city’s Sea Lab facility using hands-on activities to spark curiosity in science and engineering while fostering a commitment to help keep their local waterways clean.
CBC is also initiating a new training program for local youth focused on sustainable aquaculture in the city. New Bedford is the top U.S. commercial fishing port (by revenue) with a strong fishing history, landing approximately $370M each year. As wild-harvest fisheries become overfished, the City of New Bedford is shifting its focus to increase aquaculture production, which requires training the next generation to bridge the skill gap.
In 1998, Community Boating Center incorporated as a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to enriching the lives of area youth by exposing them to a new and challenging environment built upon a foundation of trust and respect. The Community Boating Center staff, acting as role models, provide friendship and mentorship, teach responsibility and teamwork and demonstrate commitment and compassion with all Community Boating Center students. Safety, fun, and education are the cornerstones of Community Boating Center programs. For many of these children, Community Boating Center’s on-the-water program is their first exposure to the marine environment right in their own backyard.