Monterey Bay Aquarium

Letter from Julie Packard: Support to begin designation process for Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary Read chumash-nms-designation-support-letter_monterey-bay-aquarium

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.

Julie Packard
A leader in ocean conservation and education, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is considered by many to be the best in the world. Behind that reputation is a fantastic staff with remarkably diverse skills, all dedicated to earning and keeping that honor. Julie Packard is Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Aquarium’s Board of Trustees more .

Petition

Protect California’s Central Coast!

Create a National Marine Sanctuary

area in needCalifornia’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.

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California Edition

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.).

Nomination

Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

Nominator Name(s) and Affiliation(s) Fred Collins, Northern Chumash Tribal Council

Nomination Point of Contact Fred Collins, Northern Chumash Tribal Council, 67 South St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401  (805) 801-0347

Section II – Introduction

The waters of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary (CHNMS) lie between the Channel Island National Marine Sanctuary and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The unique coastline and ocean waters are the most beautiful in the world to the First Peoples and the communities that live along this ecologically rich, biologically diverse healthy coastline, and to many that come from all over the world to visit our coast. Continue reading