Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

Tell NOAA You Support the Chumash Heritage Sanctuary

The Public Scoping period for the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary is currently underway until Monday, January 31, 2022 by 8:59pm PT (NOAA extended the original 1/10/22 deadline). There are three main ways you can show your support for the sanctuary:

1. Add your name to our official support letter (now closed)
2. Submit a personalized written comment to the Federal Register or
3. Sign up to speak at a virtual public meeting (update: final meeting was 1/6/22)

Submit a Written Comment

Submitting a written comment to the Federal Register is fast and easy. Looking for suggestions on what to say? Check out the sample comment letter below. Be sure to update the sample text and personalize it as much as you can!

NOTE: If you are having issues submitting a comment through the Federal Register website, please submit your comment through instead 

Once you’re ready to submit your comment, follow these steps:

  • Visit the Federal Register Notice for the proposed Chumash Heritage NMS.
  • Clink on the green button SUBMIT A FORMAL COMMENT at the right side of the page
  • Paste your comment in the text box OR upload a file by clicking on the button at the end of the comment box + Add a file
  • Complete the remaining form — add your email, select “an individual” from the options, fill out Name, Address, and Contact fields
Submit a Comment

Sign up to Speak

There are three virtual public meetings to gather public input about the proposed Chumash Heritage NMS. You must register in advance to speak or to attend. Each speaker will have up to 2-3 minutes to speak. Looking for suggestions on what to say? Check out our sample letter below. Its fine to be brief and just say you support the Sanctuary.

UPDATE. The virtual public meetings have passed. Please consider submitting a written comment in support instead (see above). 

Virtual public meeting 1:
Wednesday Dec 8, 2021 6-9:00 PM PST


Virtual public meeting 2:
Monday Dec 13, 2021 1-4:00 PM PST


Virtual public meeting 3:
Thursday Jan 6, 2022 4-7:00 PM PST


Sample Letter

To NOAA and the Office of Marine Sanctuaries:

My name is _______ and I support the designation of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary to protect 156 miles of coastline, ocean biodiversity and thriving habitats.

  • I specifically encourage the use of the proposed name “Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary” to honor the cultural history and stewardship of the Chumash peoples and the work of the Northern Chumash Tribal Council as the nominator of the Marine Sanctuary.
  • I also want to emphasize the need for the broadest sanctuary boundary as depicted in the Notice of Intent. 
  • I support the implementation of meaningful Tribal Co-management
  • I fully support the permanent ban of offshore oil exploration, drilling, seismic testing and improving water quality off our coast.

I live in (City, State) and (describe your direct connection/relationship to the ocean/coast and specifically to the proposed sanctuary, if relevant. Please make this personal to your own experience).

The sanctuary would also support the deep, long standing relationships coastal communities have with these waters.

Thank you for considering my comments.



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