I read with interest Mr. Andrew Christie’s Viewpoint regarding the proposed Central Coast National Marine Sanctuary (“Marine sanctuary opponents give misleading ‘facts,’ ” July 29). It is unfortunate that he needed to stoop to name-calling and disparagement of the Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen’s Organization and the Port San Luis Commercial Fishermen’s Association. Their Viewpoint (July 21) provided excellent material to consider in deciding to support or oppose the National Marine Sanctuary, in particular that sanctuary designation does not automatically prohibit offshore oil development.
Also, the study that was released by the Sierra Club earlier this year (and was not peer reviewed) made questionable leaps to come to the conclusion that sanctuary status would have a positive economic impact locally.
I encourage visiting the Our Protected Coast Coalition website and reading the “NMS Comments Paper — M Galligan,” found at http://www.opccoalition.com/research-papers. This will provide a completely different assessment of what, if any, economic impact would occur.
I also appreciated the comments by commercial fishermen Mr. Butch Powers and Mr. Tom Hafer regarding the potential impacts to other important industries such as wine, agriculture and crops. I will join the hundreds of individuals and groups that oppose this unneeded, additional layer of government, which completely eliminates any potential of local control.