Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

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Stay up to date on the latest news and updates on the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary
May 7, 2024
eNGO Support Letter calling for Interim Protections and Expansion

On behalf of the 52 undersigned groups with ocean conservation, environmental justice, and clean energy interests, we endorse the joint position in support of a phased approach for the proposed designation

May 7, 2024
NGO Support Letter for Joint Position

Re: Group Support for Joint Position of Northern Chumash Tribal Council and Morro Bay Offshore Wind Leaseholders on Proposed Designation of Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

April 23, 2024
Northern Chumash Tribal Council and Morro Bay Offshore Wind Leaseholders Announce Joint Support for Marine Sanctuary

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) and Morro Bay Leaseholders announce a joint position in support of a phased approach to the designation of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary (CHNMS) by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

April 12, 2024
NCTC Chumash Sanctuary Campaign Update -- April 2024

Here's what we've been up to in the last month! Chair Walker and Chief Fred Collins are getting the Sanctuary Wavemaker award! We've been doing a ton of outreach. And even traveling across the state and country. Read more to find out

April 9, 2024
Northern Chumash Tribal Council Chair Violet Sage Walker & Late Chief Fred Collins Honored with Sanctuary Wavemaker Award

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation bestows Sanctuary Wavemaker Award to Chair Violet Sage Walker, with special recognition for her father, the late Chief Fred Collins.

February 28, 2024
Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary Declared a Mission Blue Hope Spot

The proposed sanctuary is now recognized as a renowned Mission Blue Hope Spot. Highlighting the importance of designating the sanctuary this year.

January 24, 2024
2023's Final Comment Period Was a BIG Success!

Final comment period had over 99% support form the 100,000 people who commented.

November 8, 2023
Over 100,000 supporters weigh in during the final Chumash Sanctuary comment period

PRESS RELEASE UPDATED Statistics - January 2024 San Luis Obispo, California – Over 100,000 comments were submitted in support of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary (Chumash Sanctuary), according to an independent analysis of the publicly available comments submitted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The 60-day comment period, which was the […]

August 24, 2023
Biden-Harris Administration proposes new Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary off California coast

NOAA seeks public comment on Chumash Heritage sanctuary draft proposal, which if designated would be nation's 16th national marine sanctuary

August 24, 2023
El Consejo Tribal Chumash del Norte celebra la publicación de los documentos preliminares propuestos para el Santuario Marino Nacional del Patrimonio Chumash: período de comentarios públicos de 60 días abierto hasta el 25 de octubre de 2023

San Luis Obispo, CA – El viernes pasado, 25 de agosto, comenzó la última oportunidad para que el público opine sobre la propuesta de Santuario Marino Nacional del Patrimonio Chumash de la costa central de California. Durante los próximos 60 días, la Administración Nacional Oceánica y Atmosférica (NOAA )aceptará comentarios públicos sobre el borrador del plan de gestión del santuario propuesto y Declaración de Impacto Ambiental, la cual determinará los límites finales, actividades permitidas y reglamentos generales del santuario marino.

August 24, 2023
Northern Chumash Tribal Council Celebrates Release of Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary Draft Documents - 60 Day Public Comment Period Open Until October 25, 2023

San Luis Obispo, CA – Tomorrow begins the final opportunity for the public to weigh in on the California Central Coast’s proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. For the next 60 days, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will accept public comments on the proposed sanctuary's draft management plan and Environmental Impact Statement, which […]

August 18, 2023
New SLO County mural shows Chumash tribal history — and proposed marine sanctuary

A dramatic new mural depicting Chumash tribal history and the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary is brightening up a corner of San Luis Obispo County.

The vivid artwork by Chumash artist John Khus covers a large outdoor wall on the U.S. Postal Service building at 4100 Bridge St., in Cambria, near Center Street.

August 18, 2023
The Country’s Newest Marine Sanctuary Could Be Co-Managed by the Chumash People

Travelers flock to California’s Central Coast to kayak, camp, surf, fish, walk on the beach and otherwise take advantage of the area’s rugged natural beauty. But, since time immemorial, the Chumash people have called this region home. The Central Coast encompasses numerous sacred sites, where the Chumash still go to hold ceremonies and pray.

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 […]

December 15, 2021
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Votes Unanimously to Support the Designation of the Chumash Heritage Sanctuary

PRESS RELEASE Santa Barbara, California – Yesterday, Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to send a resolution of support for the designation of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary (CHNMS). Santa Barbara County Supervisors Das Williams; Gregg Hart and Steve Lavagnino joined Chair Bob Nelson and Vice Chair Joan Hartmann to express their […]

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 […]

September 19, 2021
Sierra Club Newsletter

Sierra Club has reprinted the recent Real Clear Policy op-ed by Violet Sage Walker, traditional vice-chairwoman of the Northern Chumash Tribe, in their latest newsletter and it would be great if folks could lift it up!  In the op-ed Violet describes the opportunity for the Biden Administration to designate the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary […]

October 17, 2020
Nautilus

When and where we dive with Nautilus has been a moving target this past week with equipment failures and bad weather conditions (wind and swell). We’ve be hiding in the lee of Channel Islands and just completed two dives over the past two days. A week sooner than anticipated – we all rallied and Lizzie […]

October 13, 2020
Carbajal & Feinstein Applaud

Carbajal, Feinstein Applaud NOAA Decision to Keep Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary on Nomination List Washington, D.C. – Congressman Salud Carbajal and Senator Feinstein applauded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on their recent decision to keep the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary on the nomination list for designation as a marine sanctuary. “Marine sanctuaries play an essential […]

September 29, 2020
5 Year Review

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has completed our five-year review of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary nomination and determined that this nomination continues to meet the 11 sanctuary nomination process criteria. The nomination will remain on the inventory of areas NOAA may consider in the future for national […]

June 15, 2020
Last Chance

Last Chance: Public Comments Closing June 15th!  The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is requesting written comments to facilitate ONMS review of the nomination for Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary (CHNMS). NOAA will also assess the level of community-based support for the nomination from a broad range of […]

May 26, 2020
Director Crowfoot

Dear Mr. Douros, During these unprecedented times, the California Natural Resources Agency remains committed to protecting the state’s ocean and marine environment, economy, and historical and cultural artifacts. With this letter, I submit for the record my enthusiastic support to renew the nomination for the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary(CHNMS). With changing ocean conditions associated […]

May 26, 2020
Talking Points

It’s time to speak out for the ocean – you can make a difference Being near the ocean is unlike other places—it has a magical quality that allows people and families the opportunity to create unforgettable memories. We celebrate our spiritual blessing ceremonies, community gatherings, holidays, weddings, births and memorials to life here. We want […]

May 25, 2020
Chumash Sanctuary Nomination

Indigenous Peoples have a unique perspective. When incorporated with science, our perspectives highlight Grandmother Ocean’s life and connectivity in a living matrix of thrivability. The connectivity of life in Grandmother Ocean needs our assistance in understanding ways to support the life force of our Grandmother Ocean, in these times. This is an opportunity, for all […]

May 25, 2020
Letter from Secretary Panetta
May 4, 2020
Five Year Plan

On May 4, 2020, NOAA published a Federal Register notice to solicit public comments on Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary nomination and its consideration to remain on the inventory of successful nominations for an additional 5 years. NOAA will assess whether conditions that warranted its inclusion in the inventory of nominated sites still apply, including the […]

May 4, 2020
Letter to NOAA

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) and the Indigenous Communities around the world are working to provide solutions to assist Grandmother Oceans in the ever expanding troubling challenges that we face today. NCTC would like to thank you (Mr. Douros) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for giving us the indigenous community the […]

January 3, 2020
Feinstein Calls on Commerce Secretary to Accelerate Designation of Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

Washington — Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on Commerce Secretary Ross to accelerate the designation of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary in an effort to combat rising carbon levels in the oceans. “California’s waters are rising in acidity at twice the global average, threatening marine life and contributing to a growing number […]

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