Martin, Jim

Jim Martin is a Trustee of the California Fisheries Coalition and the West Coast Regional Director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance. He has been engaged in the MPA adoption process since 2004.

Cutting Corners in Ocean Protection

By Jim Martin
California Fisheries Coalition

Environmental groups, long the champions of upholding the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), have instead been working to short-cut environmental protection.

That’s correct: some environmental groups have actively sought to sidestep environmental law which requires openness in analyzing negative environmental impacts of projects.

Usually, these groups fight to ensure complete compliance with CEQA – they repelled numerous legislative attacks by developers, and even Governor Schwarzenegger, already this year. But ironically, some have apparently decided CEQA doesn’t apply to projects they favor.