Santa Cruz Sentinel –
With the future of the country’s national marine sanctuaries unknown, Californians are loading up their quivers, tightening their bows and dusting off their shields.
A review on the national marine sanctuaries requested by President Trump was submitted to the White House on Oct. 25, but it has not been made available to the public. Fearing the worst, local organizations and individuals are preparing to defend these areas once again, should the Trump administration attempt to rollback the protections. But part of it is a waiting game.
“We really don’t know what’s going to happen until it happens,” said Dan Haifley, executive director of O’Neill Sea Odyssey and Sentinel columnist, who like many others is anxious to see what the report said.
“We’re getting ready to challenge anything that might they might decide to do, so we’re researching the law and making sure we know what claims we would want to bring under various scenarios,” said Brettny Hardy, an attorney with the San Francisco-headquartered Earthjustice. Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law organization, is one of the groups submitting Freedom of Information Act requests. Hardy submitted a FOIA request to NOAA on Nov. 15 and expects a response within 20 business days.