Jim Fawcett

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Location of Interview
Collection Name

Collecting Stories at the National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium 2018


Collecting Stories at the National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium 2018 is a project of Maine Sea Grant, College of the Atlantic, the Island Institute, and the National Working Waterfront Network.

Date of Interview

National Capital Contracting 

Biographical Sketch

Jim Fawcett is a professional associated with the University of Southern California Sea Grant Program, where he engages in work related to marine and coastal environments. His role at the Sea Grant Program involves addressing various issues pertinent to coastal areas, including environmental stewardship, public access, and the economic aspects of waterfronts. Fawcett's expertise is particularly evident in his discussions about Marina del Rey in Los Angeles, which he identifies as a significant working waterfront. His insights into the marina underscore its dual role as a hub for recreational activities and an economic asset to the community. Fawcett's work often revolves around the intersection of these recreational and economic interests, and he advocates for strategies that can enhance both. An important aspect of Fawcett's professional focus is the promotion of clean marina techniques. These techniques are essential for maintaining the environmental health of marina areas, ensuring that they can continue to serve their recreational and economic functions sustainably. Furthermore, Fawcett addresses the social dimensions of coastal access, including the challenges posed by gentrification. He recognizes that gentrification can restrict public access to waterfronts, and he calls for measures to counteract this trend. Through his work with the Sea Grant Program, Jim Fawcett contributes to the ongoing conversation about how to balance the various demands placed on coastal areas, ensuring that they remain accessible, environmentally sound, and economically viable for future generations.

Scope and Content Note
The interview with Jim Fawcett from the University of Southern California Sea Grant Program provides a comprehensive overview of the multifaceted role of Marina del Rey in Los Angeles. Fawcett delves into the marina's dual function as a recreational hotspot and an economic engine, underscoring its significance to the local community and beyond. He discusses the challenges and opportunities associated with managing such a dynamic waterfront, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a balance between public enjoyment and commercial activity. Throughout the interview, Fawcett advocates for the implementation of clean marina practices, which are crucial for preserving the environmental health of the area. He outlines the potential environmental impacts of marina operations and the strategies that can mitigate these effects, ensuring the sustainability of the waterfront for future use. Additionally, Fawcett addresses the social implications of coastal access, particularly the issue of gentrification. He examines how rising property values and development can lead to reduced public access to the waterfront, and he suggests potential solutions to ensure that the marina remains accessible to a diverse population. The interview encapsulates Fawcett's insights on the necessity of environmental stewardship, the promotion of equitable access, and the pursuit of economic vitality within the context of Marina del Rey's ongoing development and conservation efforts.

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