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Posted on August 23 at 5:32 p.m.
Whether you are fishing for an evening's meal, to stock your freezer, or make a living, you're going to hurt when fish populations drop, and be stoked with they thrive. Marine protected areas have been shown time and again to boost the size and number of fish and shellfish, even outside their boundaries. So having one of these sea sanctuaries near you will be good for the ocean and good for everyone who likes to catch or eat fresh local seafood.
On Food for Thought
Posted on June 24 at 2:37 p.m.
Hmmmm... who's more credible on ocean health: universities and aquariums, or fishermen? Not to say that fishermen can't be great stewards. I am all in favor of responsible recreational and commercial fishing, but any old timer (or scientist) will tell you that fish are getting smaller and fewer, both here in CA and all around the world. Setting aside a few small areas where they can grow and multiply seems like a common sense solution even anglers should be able to support. It might hurt a little in the short term, but for there to be fishermen, there have to be fish. And for there to be fish, we have to protect the places where they feed and breed!
We know the ocean needs help, and we know marine protected areas work!
On Endangered Wisdom
Posted on June 21 at 6:14 p.m.
We're lucky here in Santa Barbara to have relatively pristine areas like the Gaviota Coast (which is pretty unspoiled both above and below the water), and protecting our few remaining wild places seems like a no-brainer. Especially biologically important areas like Naples Reef. We went through this process once for the Channel Islands, and I think most people would agree it was a good idea to create marine reserves there--kelp's flourishing, fish and other wildlife are recovering, and party boats seem to have come out in great shape as well. So it makes sense to build on that success and protect special areas on the mainland coast as well.
And if setting aside this tiny area will boost fish populations, it sounds like a win win!
On Preservation Paddle Out For Naples Reef