Concerning marine sanctuaries: How is a person to know what to believe?
Consider stakeholders Jeremiah O’Brien and Tom Hafer. These are honest and respected local fishermen whose very livelihoods depend on the viability of marine resources along our Central Coast.
Both have appeared countless times before the Fish and Game Commission and Pacific Fishery Management Council. Both work closely with Fish and Wildlife to protect our marine resources. They oppose the sanctuary. Great advice.
How did the Chumash Indians get involved? I have appeared many times over the years before the Fish and Game Commission . I have never seen a representative of the Chumash Indians appear for any purpose.
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To my knowledge, the Chumash Indians have no heritage of ocean fishing along the Central Coast. I have never seen any tribesmen ocean-fishing.
Why are they interested in a marine sanctuary? It’s the money! Without a doubt, Chumash Indians will want to charge fees for fishing in “their” sanctuary.
Pyramid Lake is on the Paiute Tribe Reservation in Nevada. You pay them a fee to fish on “their” lake.
The prospect of the Chumash Indians controlling marine life and fishing along the Central Coast should horrify all local citizens.