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Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

ffg6ITNHWhy we support a Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

By Dan Haifley and Margaret (P.J.) Webb


Designating the waters of the central coast as a national marine sanctuary “offers integrated management, a means of resolving issues, and promotion of education and research,” and “results in specific protection for habitat and resources.” So said San Luis Obispo County in a proposal submitted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 1990.


That proposal included more than 500 pages of supplementary materials — and letters of  support from virtually every city in the county — demonstrating that the area met the standards set forth in the National Marine Sanctuaries Act for protection of nationally significant oceanographic, geological, biological and archaeological resources.


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