Comments by mgambertron

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Posted on May 11 at 10:51 a.m.

Pollution from agriculture is the biggest water quality problem we have in the entire State. How can farmers get away with polluting when every other industry is regulated almost to a fault? Stupid question - lobbyists. It's not going to get fixed until farmers are forced to clean it up. In the meantime we should all pay more for vegetables and buy organic.

On Of Lawsuits, Regulations, and Agriculture

Posted on March 3 at 9:29 a.m.

Good. I'm glad the sewer will finally be fixed. The City has been band-aiding the problem far too long.

On City Sued over Sewage?

Posted on July 16 at 5:14 p.m.

Sure, move them a few miles away from where all the fish are. I'm sure Mr. Goldblatt and the commercial fishing industry he represents would be thrilled if fishermen themselves could draw the boundary lines for the MPAs to create the 'sense of harmony' he claims to be searching for.

Game wardens are against these things? Where does Mr. Goldblatt get his facts? We are led to assume that he's personally spoken to all of them. I would think they would welcome MPAs as managmenet tools in contrast to the existing cryptic and incomprehensible fishing regulations they have to enforce. Anyone who's ever tried flipping through their hundred page book before a day fishing off the islands knows they are almost impossible to navigate. I'd love to just know where i can or can't fish.

And again, this conspiracty nonsense. I love how commercial fishermen use money as the motivation behind people who are pro-mpa. All those corrupt marine biologists out to make big bucks, as opposed to commercial fishermen who are REALLY the ones who care about the ocean. Their profit margins are only a secondary priority.... who does he think he's fooling. From what I've read about the MPA process locally, its the commercial fishing industry itself that has infiltrated and corrupted things.

i hope we get MPAs that work and protect places that matter. i want a 'free ocean' too. one free of commercial fishermen feeling as though they have the right to exploit every nook and cranny of something that belongs to me just as much to me as to them. we should pay more for our fish, from local fishermen who practice good fishing methods, and leave a few places be.
Mark G.

On Ocean Friendships Possible

Posted on June 24 at 11:33 a.m.

Wow. Once again, our commercial fishing industry is here to inform us that despite what we may have heard and read, the ocean is in fact going gangbusters, the entire scientific community is conspiring against them, and (best of all) that the commercial fishing industry is actually enhancing our fisheries.

If people want to read a less biased perspective, read "Last of the Blue Water Hunters" by Carlos Eyles, a pioneer and forefather of the sport of spear fishing who cut his teeth fishing off the coast of Catalina Island, the Channel Islands, and the Sea of Cortez in the 1960s. It's one of the best books I've ever read. In it, Mr. Eyles writes about the amazing history of spearfishing along with the tragic demise of our local marine resources. Its true, this book was written in the 80's, when Mr. Goldblatt himself contends that things were worse off, but this notion that things have totally recovered is baloney.

Our ocean is in serious trouble, and anyone who tries to tell you differently is either ignorant (through no fault of their own) because they lack the perspective of what things used to look like or because they have a self-serving agenda they are trying to push.

Fishermen love to blame everyone and everything but themselves... including infamously the sea otter. But Mr. Goldblatt correctly listed a number of significant impacts, in addition to over-fishing, that threaten our oceans - climate change and ocean acidification. Disease (abalone) is another one i hear a lot as well. But the truth is that we have no way of controling these things. What we can do is set aside some areas (significnt areas) so that a few ecosystems remain robust and healthy enough to hopefully withstand all of these threats. Its just common sense. As things get worse environmentally, how can we expect to be able to take as much from the ocean without having a negative impact.

One thing I can't disagree with him about, it IS about preserving a culture and heritage for our kids. But that's exactly why I, as a recreational fisherman and diver support the MPAs. And if I have to pay more for my fish then so be it.

On Endangered Wisdom

Posted on June 23 at 3:17 p.m.

Yuk, I'm so sick of hearing from bitter commercial fishermen like corruptenviros. Bashing on environmental groups for accepting grant money to work on environmental issues when all he cares about is his bottom line. These guys act like they own the ocean. Don't forget, they earn their living off exploiting public resources. I'm a recreational fisherman and diver myself, and I love the idea of a few places along our coast being set aside for preservation.

What is this MLPA conspiracy nonsense he spouts about? Watered down and doesn't focus on pollution? Isn't that what groups like Channelkeeper are actually doing every day? Tell your local cities, sewage treatment plants, and farmers that they aren't being regulated for pollution issues or that the environmental groups aren't focusing on them enough. I just went to Channelkeeper's website and it looks like they are working in just about every one of these ares. I say bravo for the environmental groups who have the guts to stand up to the commercial fishing industry. Keep up the good work, and boycott Decker's and Seacoast Yachts.

On Preservation Paddle Out For Naples Reef

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