The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Chief Executive Officer Jack Crider said the new vessel gives them a valuable tool for research, rescue and maintenance.
"It's all about having the right equipment," Crider
said the boat will be able to fight dock fires and assist boats that are on fire, and they are working on a training and use agreement with Humboldt Bay Fire.
The security boat arrived at the district around the same time as Crider
, who began on May 1.
Crider said district staff, commissioners and former CEO David Hull, who was fired without cause last year, were successful in securing grants to pay for the new boats.
has been eager to streamline the district.
making some administrative changes, some operational changes and looking at ways to lower costs and increase revenues.
Harbor district Commissioner Mike Wilson said Crider brings a skill set that's useful for the district that -- like many government agencies -- is facing a tight budget.
has really hit the ground running.
working very well with staff."
One of Crider's goals is aquaculture expansion.
said the district is currently working on getting more oyster land permitted for interested farmers.
They are managing -- and paying for -- a dredging schedule, researching aquatic grasses and maintaining the marina.
Crider said an updated list of projects focuses on a host of attainable projects before tackling hundred million dollar undertakings.
It doesn't mean he
"The other day I was asked if I had a magic wand to wave, what I would want," Crider