The Sierra Club’s attempt to belittle the presidents of two local fishing groups in Andrew Christie’s viewpoint (“Marine sanctuary opponents give misleading ‘facts,’” July 29) is disappointing, and yet, so predictable.
To say our fishermen have historically given conflicting statements is laughable, especially when Christie makes claims that a sanctuary won’t hurt the fishing industry. This is untrue.
Talk to the folks up in Monterey Bay and see how fractured the relationship is between the fishing industry and the federal government is; all the more reason for me to know that we are doing just fine without a sanctuary.
The commercial fishermen have enlisted a government relations professional to assist in their efforts to keep our waterways under local control and to continue doing what they do best — harvesting food from the ocean.
As stated at www.opc coalition.com , Our Protected Coast Coalition (OPCC), came together so the voice of locals like myself, my friends and neighbors could know the pros and cons of a sanctuary.
The OPCC is multigenerations of fishermen, business people, agriculturists and organizations who have banded together against additional layers of regulations for one of the most regulated industries in the state of California. Please join us in this effort.