The new Humboldt Bay Harbor District Executive Director: Meet Larry Oetker

Eureka, Ca., (KIEM)- Larry Oetker is the former City of Arcata Community Development Director. Now, he’s the Executive Director of the Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District.

“I’ve been following the harbor district professionally and personally for a long time, because I love to be on the water myself.” Oetker says. Richard Marks, the chair of the Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation adds he’s confident in Oetker’s experience with the harbor district.

Among his goals in the position, Oetker wants to boost community engagement. He hopes to spruce up the website, and open communication between the people affected by the bay and it’s executors. He also said he supports dredging.

Oetker explained the philosophy at the core of his approach to the commission. The key is maintaining a working waterfront while maintaining the natural beauty, wildlife and the fisheries that we have. Just like the namer says, it’s the Humboldt Bay  Harbor, Recreation and Conservation and so there’s those three different components and all three have to be in balance.”

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