New Voluntary Speed Regulation Intended to Protect Whales, Reduce Ship Strikes

Strandings of dead whales along Bay Area beaches has increased in recent years, up from 11 in 2018 to 21 in 2021, according to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.  Along with entanglement in fishing gear and malnutrition, it is believed that ship strikes are a leading cause of whale death.

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SUPPORT THE CHUMASH HERITAGE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

Currently the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is in the process of collecting public comments to support the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. This Sanctuary will protect a remote and lightly impacted coastal area off the California Coastline between Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, critical habitat for sea otters, whales and other endangered species, is sensitive habitat and has significant cultural value for Native Chumash people.
On Thursday January 6 the public can attend the final virtual public hearing for the proposed sanctuary.

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Designate the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

Please sign on to our organization letter urging the Administration to immediately initiate the designation of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary and write to express our strong support to include this national treasure within the National Marine Sanctuary System.

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