Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

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August 10, 2023
After decades, a tribe's vision for a new marine sanctuary could be coming true

For more than decade, members of the Chumash tribe have led a campaign to create a new marine sanctuary on the central California coast. It could include waters off Point Conception, a sacred site for the Chumash people.

August 4, 2023
Local Chumash Chairwoman appointed to Federal Ocean Research Advisory Panel

Violet Sage Walker, Chairwoman of the Northern Chumash Tribal Council and nominator of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary, was one of only 18 members appointed to the federal Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP).

July 31, 2023
Sanctuary Update - July 2023

Stay tuned: We anticipate the final and defining public comment period for the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary will be coming very soon.

The date is to be determined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

July 29, 2023
Tribe fights to preserve California coastline — and its own culture

PRESS RELEASE AVILA BEACH/TPAXTU, Calif. — When Violet Sage Walker stares out at the calm waters butting against the shoreline of her hometown, she sees what was once the largest northern village of the Chumash people, who fished from traditional canoes in the open water, viewed sea creatures as their ancestors and believed in a […]

July 28, 2023
Chumash Tribe Champions National Marine Sanctuary

John Dankosky talks with Stephen Palumbi, professor of marine sciences at Stanford University and Violet Sage Walker, chairwoman of the Northern Chumash Tribal Council, about the importance of this region and their collaborative research project.

July 27, 2023
What’s in the ocean off SLO County’s coast? Scientists are listening to find out

Off San Luis Obispo County’s coast lies an underwater ecosystem that scientists are trying to understand — by listening.

May 11, 2023
Northern Chumash Tribal Council applauds California Democrats urging Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary designation

Northern Chumash Tribal Council applauds California Democrats Carbajal, Feinstein, Padilla and others as they urge the U.S. Department of Commerce to prioritize completing the designation process for the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.

December 31, 2022
Northern Chumash Tribal Council awards inaugural Fred Collins Environmental Warrior Student Scholarship

PRESS RELEASE San Luis Obispo, CA – On the anniversary of the late Chief Fred Collins’ birthday, the Northern Chumash Tribal Council announced their inaugural distribution of the Fred Collins Environmental Warrior Student Scholarship. In honor of Chief Collins’ legacy, this scholarship will be awarded annually to a student pursuing a career in environmental and […]

April 13, 2022
Sanctuary Update - April 2022

Northern Chumash Tribal Council Chairwoman and Sanctuary Nominator Violet Sage Walker has the honor of presenting at the international Our Ocean 2022 conference in Palau. Her remarks will be streamed LIVE Wednesday April 13 between 6:10 pm and 7:25 pm PDT (9:10 pm - 10:25 pm EDT) on the conference website. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the specific time […]

February 28, 2022
30,000 people weigh in to support the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

PRESS RELEASE Los Osos, California – More than 30,000 people expressed their support for the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary, according to analysis of comments submitted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and posted on regulations.gov. The 83-day public comment period, part of NOAA’s scoping process for the Chumash Heritage NMS off […]

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