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