A recent letter to the editor claimed that the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary would result in profits to the Chumash because they will collect fees for fishing (“It’s about the money,” Sept. 8). Not only is that absolutely untrue, but it is an absurd statement.
A national marine sanctuary is open to the public. It is not an Indian reservation and, in any event, a sanctuary cannot charge fees to fish. The Chumash are supporting the marine sanctuary not to profit but rather to ensure the protection of what they (and many others) view as a precious and sacred resource worthy of conservation: our beautiful ocean.
Indeed, the marine sanctuary will protect the ocean and its resources by forever prohibiting offshore oil development. Further, as stated in the nomination document itself, the proposed sanctuary shall “impose no future regulations upon commercial or recreational fishing.”
Great for people, great for wildlife — support the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary, and we all profit, in the best meaning of that word.