Letters to the Editor

We don’t need marine sanctuary to protect our coast

After reading about Congresswoman Lois Capps’ support of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary, one would think this sanctuary plan was the answer to economic prayers, would save the Chumash and bring much-needed tourism.

Whales visited our waters a few months ago, bringing record numbers of tourists. Organizations like Morro Bay Community Quota Fund currently work with the fishing industry promoting sustainable fishing practices and healthy fisheries. Our coastline is thriving.

The Tribune published an article recently (“Morro Bay city, business leaders brainstorming economic development,” March 10) touting our bustling local economy and again, record setting numbers. Our economy is thriving. Our Protected Coast Coalition was formed this past year by a group of fishermen and ag people who were deeply concerned when a marine sanctuary was proposed by the Sierra Club and Fred Collins.

Now, more people are coming together to oppose the sanctuary including the officially federally recognized Santa Ynez band of Chumash Native Americans.

Capps, NOAA and others cannot continue to ignore the voices of those who disagree.

Visit the website http://opccoalition.com and read the letters from community members and elected officials who oppose the sanctuary and believe the 18 federal and state laws already on the books are enough to “Protect Our Coast.”

Stan House, Morro Bay