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.
NOAA has determined the Chumash Heritage (California, Central Coast) National Marine Sanctuary nomination has successfully met the national significance criteria and management considerations described in the sanctuary nomination process. Continue reading →
California Edition Interview with Northern Chumash Tribal Administrator Fred Collins
California Edition Host Brad Pomerance interviews Northern Chumash Tribal Administrator Fred Collins about the tribe and their efforts to create the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. Please feel free to share this link on your social media (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Websites, etc.).