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Chumash Heritage Nomination: Public Comments with New and Relevant Information

May 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

NOAA invites individuals with new and relevant information about the Chumash Heritage nomination that are responsive to the 11 criteria on national significance and management considerations for a national marine sanctuary nomination (see The event will begin with a brief overview of the five-year review process for national marine sanctuary nominations, after which spoken public comments will be accepted.

Located right off our coast, the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary has been recognized as a special place for endangered species, sensitive habitats, and cultural resources. As one of 14 national marine sanctuaries, this underwater park receives special protection through conservation, research, and education. In 2015, another area off the California Central Coast was nominated to become a sanctuary. The Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary would stretch from Cambria south to Gaviota Creek and offshore to include Rodriguez Seamount, Arguello Canyon, and Santa Lucia Bank. This area includes sacred submerged sites of the Chumash Peoples, important oceanographic features, and prime habitat for marine life. Just as the area around the Channel Islands is worthy of protection, so is this incredible place.
Please join us on Wednesday, May 27th, to learn how we can help move the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary toward designation. After being nominated by the Northern Chumash Tribal Council in 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) added the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary to the inventory of areas that may become a sanctuary. Unfortunately, NOAA has not yet initiated the designation process for this nomination and must re-evaluate it through a five-year review. This review will assess if this area continues to have ecological, historical, cultural, and archaeological significance and provide important economic and recreational uses. It is critical we show broad community support for this important stretch of the coast by learning about and participating in this process.

May 27, 2020 at 6:00PM
Registration is required in advance. After registering online, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the meeting.


May 27, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm