Letter: Sanctuary action has affected fishermen

A recent story on the Monterey Bay Sanctuary quotes Superintendent Paul Michel: “We do not regulate fishing … We have not negatively affected fisheries, in fact, over a half-billion dollars worth of fish have been landed since (sanctuary) designation.” That’s a surprise. There is ample evidence that sanctuary actions have negatively affected recreational and commercial fishermen. In 2007, fishermen witnessed the sanctuary’s leadership role in closing the best fishing areas in the region, displacing fishing effort to less productive areas.  click here to read the letter  (short and sweet)   10:29

  • Tangoguy

    I fail to see how there could be a negative effect on fish stocks by creating a fish sanctuary. It might negatively affect sports and recreational fishermen in the short term but certainly not in the long term.