Protect California's Central Coast!

Your support is needed to establish a new Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary on California’s Central Coast to permanently protect this biologically and culturally rich area from offshore oil development.

Oil-soaked pelicans, dead dolphins, closed beaches, fishing bans, and economic hardship for coastal businesses as a result of the most recent Santa Barbara-area spill remind us that oil and oceans don’t mix!

California’s Central Coast is an area of extraordinary biodiversity. Endangered whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, pelicans and other wildlife thrive here, feeding on rich nutrient upwellings. The new Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary would stretch from Gaviota, near the recent oil spill, to Cambria, terminus of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Sanctuary status for this area would prohibit oil development, seismic testing, dumping of agriculture wastewater, and other threats. Comprehensive ecosystem management would ensure the health of the marine habitat.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently expanded two Northern California sanctuaries and is evaluating potential new national marine sanctuaries, This makes the South Central Coast a prime candidate. We need a strong push from the public to get NOAA to act now!

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 5128
Washington, DC 20230
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This petition will be delivered to:
  • Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans & Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator
    Dr. Kathryn Sullivan
  • Deputy Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
    John Armor
  • Director, ONMS West Coast Regional Office
    Bill Douros

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