The idea that we need a reason to protect the sanctity of our sea is preposterous.
However, allow me to address it if only to humor the extractors and their benefactors, their biologists and apologists.
The oil companies, nuclear waste producers and over-fishing industry do not want decisive action to be taken to promote sea sanctity and sanity.
They don’t want a sanctuary because it might protect the sea, and they have discovered a way to keep such decisive action from being taken.
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They simply ask for the specific cause of why whales, oarfish and beaked whales are washing up on Catalina and the mainland emaciated. After all, it could be overfishing, radioactivity, acidification, seismic testing, oil drilling and spilling, Navy sonar, elevated temperature, farm and urban runoff, or sewage dumping.
So what is it specifically? Darn impossible to tell. But all those impacts created the poor conditions killing marine life, myriad insults our ocean is being forced to endure.
Taken together, they constitute a state of ocean emergency. And this state of emergency is the specific reason we need to move ahead with the Chumash National Marine Sanctuary.
Let’s do it now.