Sanctuary Economic Report

The Potential Economic Impacts of the

Proposed Central Coast National Marine Sanctuary

Prepared for the Sierra Club of California

By Jason Scorse, Ph.D. and Judith Kildow, Ph.D.

September 2014

i. Acknowledgments

The authors want to thank William Douros, Western Regional Director of National Marine Sanctuaries, for providing important financial information about sanctuary budgets; student assistant Maren Gardiner Farnum, for her research and analytical work; Professor Gary Griggs for providing information about marine institutional budgets in the Monterey Crescent; Deirdre Whalen and other Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary staff members for providing a range of information on tourism and other sanctuary activities that we could never have gotten without their assistance. We also want to thank Sarah Carr of EBM Tools Listserve and everyone who contributed citations per her request, for helping to compile our extensive bibliography on the economics of MPAs. Continue reading “Sanctuary Economic Report”



WHAT: Screening of Rebels With A Cause and panel discussion with: Fred Collins (Northern Chumash Tribal Council), Nancy Kelly (Director/Producer, Rebels With A Cause) and John Hart (Author, Storm Over Mono: The Mono Lake Battle and the California Water Future). Community Partners: Northern Chumash Tribal Council, Surfrider Foundation San Luis Obispo Chapter, Sierra Club Santa Lucia Chapter.
This event will focus on the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.

WHEN: Sunday, May 18, 12:30 PM

WHERE: Palm Theater, 817 Palm St. San Luis Obispo, CA

TICKETS: $10 suggested donation, no one will be turned away for lack of funds


  Ingenious 19-year-old Develops Plan to Clean up Oceans in 5 Years

September 13, 2013 | Posted by:

TheOceanCleanupBlackWith millions of tons of garbage dumped into the oceans annually and repeat incidence of oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, it’s the Ocean which has taken the brunt of unsustainable methods from man. In effect, it’s estimated almost 100,000 marine animals are killed due to debris entanglement and continually rising pollution.

To a degree, individual lessening of consumerism and utilizing sustainable methods to re-use and eliminate waste is very beneficial. However, reducing the already-toxic state of the Earth is the biggest concern of environmentalists and engineers, seeking to utilize the technological advances already available. To this avail, it was 19-year-young Boyan Slat that ingeniously created the Ocean Array Plan, a project that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic from the world’s oceans in just five years. Continue reading “CLEANUP”


“County Rock Santa Margarita”

Murry Wilson

Environmental Resource Specialist-County of San Luis Obispo Department of Planning and Building

Re:  Comments Las Pilitas Quarry Project

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) is a sovereign California Native American Tribal Government, located at 67 South Street, San Luis Obispo California. NCTC is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the Chumash Sacred Heritage in San Luis Obispo County. NCTC’s Cultural Resource team members are experts in Chumash Cultural Resources preservation and management.  NCTC is the living Chumash Nation today, we are here today, we have always been here and we are the experts on our culture and life ways, as it has been past down, since the beginning of time, from elder to child, true knowledge.

Continue reading “Margarita”