North Coast Gulf of the Farallones marine sanctuary expansion praised at hearing

Sanctuaries do not regulate fishing, said Maria Brown, superintendent of the Cordell Bank sanctuary, noting that trawling would be allowed. Zeke Grader, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, said in an interview that his industry already has “a good set of regulations” promulgated by the National Marine Fisheries agency. The proposed expansion covers an important commercial fishing area for salmon, crab and rockfish, he said. Grader said he wants to know if sustainable energy development, such as wind and wave energy generators, would be allowed in the expansion area.  “We fully support renewable energy, we just don’t think it belongs in these waters,” Grader said. Onshore development would be needed to support such a system, he said. Read more