The Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) decided to blatantly overturn a secret ballot vote of the RSG. The RSG members were given the direction to choose, by vote, from four out of five remaining proposed arrays of marine protected areas generated for the South Coast Region.
The Stakeholders made a decision that resulted in the elimination of External "C" Proposal. This is the hard-line environmental community plan with an extensive number of no take reserves. The BRTF Chairman, Don Benninghoven and MLPA Executive Director, Ken Wiseman decided to disregard the RSG's knowledge and decision to allow External "C" Proposal to move forward in the MLPAI process to be evaluated for consideration in the next round.
This decision compromises the "open and transparent" process in which the RSG have been working in order to fulfill their responsibility as members. Further, I feel if a pro-fishing proposal, especially External "B" Proposal authored by United Anglers of Southern California, would have been eliminated by the vote that Mr. Benninghoven and Mr. Wiseman would not have made the same decision.
Therefore, we ask that you come to the next Blue Ribbon Task Force Meeting to voice your concerns for the following:
1) Opposition to the unilateral decision to allow all proposals to move forward.
2) Implore the BRTF to reinstate the decision and listen to the Stakeholders.