The Republican Party of San Luis Obispo County
Opposes the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary
WHEREAS the efforts to create a Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary every five years for the last 30 years has been unsuccessful;
WHEREAS there is lack of community support and wide opposition from local government and private business entities as well as recreational, agricultural and commercial fishing organizations;
WHEREAS the federal recognized tribe of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians are not taking a stance on the Chumash HNMS;
WHEREAS the reason for the lack of support is the desire for local control, and the distrust of a federal bureaucracy creating another layer of permits and fines in spite of
laws and regulations already in place;
WHEREAS due to historical evidence, there are issues with trusting the National Marine Sanctuary (NMS) who have used federal money to support local anti-fishing causes;
WHEREAS there are other national sanctuaries that prove there are tremendous cost increases and time delays for such issues as vital harbor needs that require yearly dredging and problems with sand distribution in a sanctuary;
WHEREAS the California Central Coast already has protections in place including 29 Marine Protected Areas (204 square miles), the Cow Cod Conservation Area (4200 square miles) and the Rockfish Conservation Area (2000 square miles), and the recently expanded Gulf of the Farallones NMS to 3,295 square miles and Cordell Bank NMS to 1,286 square miles:
WHEREAS to the north and south of the proposed Chumash HNMS, the Monterey NMS is 5, 322 square miles and the Channel Islands NMS is 1, 470 square miles;
WHEREAS the proposed Chumash HNMS would add another 10,000 square miles which means the federal government would control over 17,000 continuous square miles of Pacific Ocean;
WHEREAS there are multiple layers of government regulators including, but not limited to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Pacific Fisheries Council and the Coastal and Agricultural Commissions.
WHEREAS the COVID-19 pandemic adds significant funding and governmental debt concerns relating to the short term and long term financial feasibility of the proposed Sanctuary;
WHEREAS the Bureau of Ocean Energy Managment (BOEM) will have conflicts
with the wind farm lease site potentially in the northern area of the proposed Chumash HNMS covering over 700 square miles with some 500 wind turbines for alternative energy;
WHEREAS there also exists in the proposed Chumash HNMS, off shore oil drilling, a nuclear power plant and desalination plants which is of further concern re more rules, regulations and fees that will collide with the NMS criteria;
WHEREAS the Republican Party of San Luis Obispo County opposed the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary in 2015; therefore, be it
RESOLVED that the Republican Party of San Luis Obispo County opposes the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.
Adopted June 10, 2020