Port of Bellingham commissioners have put the cap on a months-long saga regarding moorage rates for commercial fishing vessels by voting 3-0 to reduce rates by $1 per foot for all port-owned marinas.
The commissioners unanimously agreed at their regular meeting on Tuesday to lower the moorage rate from $6.92 per foot per month for commercial fishing vessels less than 80 feet long to $5.90.
The decision met with applause from a meeting room filled nearly to standing room only with local commercial fishermen.
Commissioner Mike McAuley, who has supported the rate decrease since discussions began, said he was concerned that higher moorage rates for fishing vessels would scare away potential business.
“I want fishermen who travel up and down the west coast to say great things about the Port of Bellingham,” McAuley said.
The change affects the Bellingham, Squalicum and Blaine marinas.