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The following article was posted on October 4th, 2012, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 10 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 27, Issue 10

I've got the experience to say this is a bad idea

Arroyo Grande

By Travis O. Evans

Having fished these local waters commercially for more than 60 years and captained ocean drilling ships for the petroleum industry eight years, I feel I am qualified to state that high-intensity seismic blasting does long-lasting harm, especially to larvae and juvenile fish and crab. Several academic institutions have published white papers of their research on this subject.

Wouldn’t it be fair to take the unit hours fished from my federally mandated logs and my California Department of Fish and Game landing receipts and compute the worth of my efforts and pay me accordingly? PG&E is stonewalling, although they say they are cooperating with the local fishermen.