WEATHER »

A Thankless Task


As someone who worked on the recently successful installation of the Marine Life Protection Act for a period of nearly 10 years, I am amazed that there is someone purporting to represent the Sierra Club who, in their letter to The Independent regarding the idea of establishing a Chumash Marine Sanctuary, does not mention and thus completely ignores the thousands of hours of testimony and dedicated open process that resulted in the world’s first ecosystem-based set of marine protected areas stretching from the Oregon border to the Mexican border.

While it is true that the Sierra Club somehow chose to not play a significant role in the working groups, in stark contrast to such groups as The Ocean Conservancy, the NRDC, Oceana, recreational anglers, commercial fishermen, the native tribes of California, and countless other stakeholders, one would think that this world class effort would merit mention in their letter.

Apparently not.

Richard Rogers is a commissioner with California State Fish and Game Commission.

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:

Dos Pueblos High School Stirs Political Pot

Senior-class picture features MAGA and LIBERALS!

Community Forum Provides Updates on Immigration Enforcement

About 9 percent of people in Santa Barbara County are undocumented.

Santa Barbara Launches Interactive Street Sweep Map

Users can identify dates, times, and routes for street sweeping by address and colored areas.

Santa Barbara Zoo Bids Farewell to Beloved Elephant

Sujatha passes away at 47 years old.

Disaster Relief Rundown for Santa Barbara 

A tally of nonprofit giving since the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow.