Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

Proposed

Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

Protecting the Heritage of the Central Coast

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Learn more about how to support the designation of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary:

The First Tribally Nominated Sanctuary

Preserving marine and cultural resources along 140 miles of Central California Coastline

Estimated to generate $23 million in economic activity and create 600 new jobs

Will safeguard the Central Coast from offshore oil expansion and other threats

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Our Partners

The proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary is a grassroots effort led by the Northern Chumash Tribal Council in partnership with several local, state, and national organizations
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November 9, 2021
Northern Chumash Tribal Council Celebrates Decision to Advance Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary Designation

PRESS RELEASE Washington, DC – Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a Notice of Intent advancing the public process to designate the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary (CHNMS). Violet Sage Walker, the Northern Chumash Tribal Council Chairwoman hails this announcement as a crucial first step towards President Biden’s initiative to conserve and […]

October 22, 2021
Op-Ed: Create a tribal-led marine sanctuary and stop oil spills on the California coast

BY LEON E. PANETTA OCT. 22, 2021  Although I spent most of my career in Washington, D.C., my home and heart have always been along California’s beautiful Central Coast. Growing up along the shores of Monterey Bay inspired my lifelong commitment to promoting responsible stewardship of our oceans. California’s ocean has been integral to its culture […]

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