Marine Fisheries Hatchery & Enhancement Center
This state-of-the-art facility is being built using $18 million in BP funds as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process.
- The Center is not a fish farm.
- There will not be an odor from the hatchery facility.
- The City cannot simply decide to relocate the Center.
- The project preserves and enhances access to the bay.
- The project incorporates and memorializes the historical contributions of African Americans to the development of Bruce Beach.
- The City will be liable for the $805,000 already spent on the project.
- No one has presented an alternative development plan for Bruce Beach to the City.
- The project is fully permitted and bid out for construction.
- Five states, six federal agencies and British Petroleum had to approve the project.
- City Council voted on three separate occasions to approve the project at Bruce Beach.
- Project stipulations were filed in court.
- There were multiple opportunities over many years for public input on the project.
- The Florida Fish and Wild Conservation Commission (FWC) has a 30-year lease on the property.
- FWC is responsible for the operation and maintenance costs.
- The Center is part of a Gulf-wide restoration effort.
- How did the idea for the Florida Gulf Coast Marine Fisheries Hatchery/Enhancement Center originate?
- What is the purpose of a Marine Fisheries Enhancement Center?
- Will the Center be similar to a fish farm?
- Will there be an odor?
- Where does the money for the Center come from?
- What will the $18.7 million designated for a Marine Fisheries Enhancement Center project be used for?
- What happens after five years?
- Could the money be used for something else?
- How did Bruce Beach get picked as the site for the proposed Center
- Is the project consistent with existing development plans for Bruce Beach?
- Can the Center be constructed somewhere besides Bruce Beach?
- Is there another development proposal being considered for Bruce Beach that would generate a greater return on investment for Pensacola?
- Are there any impediments to other types of development at Bruce Beach?
- Shouldn’t we focus more on the quality of our local fish habitat before we spend money on a hatchery?
- Will the University of West Florida have a role in the hatchery?
- What type of fish will be raised at the Enhancement Center?
- Where will the fish be released?
- How do we know that stocking of marine sport fish will be effective?
- What has City Council already approved?
- What is the current status of the project?
- Who designed the Center?