WEATHER »

Chumash Ask to be Excluded from Marine Protected Areas


Early next year when the state closes sections of the Santa Barbara County coast to fishing as Marine Protected Areas, or MPAs, there still might be a small number of people out there hunting for sea life, as the Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians is petitioning this week before the state Fish and Game Commission to be exempted from the closures. Like at least one other tribe in Northern California, the federally recognized Chumash people are requesting that they be allowed to continue “cultural and ceremonial fishing and gathering” in the MPAs, particularly those off of Santa Rosa Island, the Goleta Slough, and Refugio State Beach, three areas slated for closure. The request was scheduled for Thursday, so no decision had been made by press time.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

Natural History Museum Begins Vertebrate Preservation Project

The project will move 45,000 specimens into bug-proof conservation boxes.

Santa Barbara Joins in on 2019 Women’s March

Santa Barbara participates in annual national Women’s March on Saturday.

Federal Workers Get Utility Bill Break from Lompoc

City decides to extend utility due dates for federal employees during government shutdown.

Have a Thorny Saturday with the Rose Society

Annual Mission Rose Garden Pruning takes place January 19; volunteers invited to bring shears and gloves.

Edison Company Counter-Sues County and City

Claims they were aware of risks underlying original Thomas Fire and debris flow lawsuit.