Dear Chairman Sullivan, Ranking Member Peters, and distinguished members of the
Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard.
It is an honor for the Northern Chumash Tribal Council to have present the designation documents for
the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary and to have engaged with the local Indigenous
communities and local communities in an ongoing overwhelming manner in the Central Coast of
California to present the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary that is for all Americans and
inland communities which care deeply about these national treasures.
Alternative facts spread to marine sanctuary debate
BY JOHN FITZRANDOLPH
Clones of Kellyanne Conway seem to be popping up right here in San Luis Obispo County.
To wit, Conway is a “counselor” to the recently inaugurated chief executive (Donald Trump), and besides her skills at masterminding political spin, she is the architect of the concept of “alternative facts” — to the uninitiated, these are blatant untruths. Continue reading →
Supervisors oppose Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary proposal
BY PETER JOHNSON
Following a contentious hearing that lasted most of the day on Feb. 7, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to oppose the formation of a Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of SLO and Santa Barbara counties. Continue reading →
As we count down 2016 we want to address some Frequently Asked Questions to further public education and understanding of our Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. Looking forward to your support and help by signing our petition and sharing it.
On behalf of our Executive Director (Monterey Bay Aquarium) Julie Packard, please accept the attached letter urging that NOAA begin the designation process for the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. The nomination was accepted by NOAA in October 2016, and it would be a valuable addition to the National Marine Sanctuary System.
California’s Central Coast is an area of extraordinary biodiversity. Endangered whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, pelicans and other wildlife thrive here, feeding on rich nutrient upwellings. The new Chumash National Marine Sanctuary would stretch from Gaviota, near the recent oil spill, to Cambria, terminus of the Monterey Bay NMS. Sanctuary status for this area would prohibit oil development, seismic testing, dumping of agriculture wastewater, and other threats. Comprehensive ecosystem management would ensure the health of the marine habitat.