NOAA has determined the Chumash Heritage (California, Central Coast) National Marine Sanctuary nomination has successfully met the national significance criteria and management considerations described in the sanctuary nomination process. Continue reading
In defense of local marine sanctuary study
Sanctuary opponents who are questioning economic benefits are misleading the public
The Northern Chumash Tribal Council asked the Native American Heritage Commission to review the Salinan and Chumash boundary, NCTC and the entire archaeological world knows that the boarder is north of Paso Robles and Ragged Point, and soon there should be a written decision stating the facts. Continue reading
California Edition Interview with Northern Chumash Tribal Administrator Fred Collins
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.