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Northern Chumash Object to Proposed Avila Development

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Supervisors oppose Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary proposal

BY PETER JOHNSON

Following a contentious hearing that lasted most of the day on Feb. 7, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to oppose the formation of a Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of SLO and Santa Barbara counties.

The Northern Chumash Advisory Council submitted an application to create a marine sanctuary, stretching 140 miles from Cambria to Santa Barbara, to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 2015. That application is currently under review by NOAA and a final decision on it may take up to five years, according to NOAA. Continue reading

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Environmentalists, fishermen clash over proposed Chumash marine sanctuary

The Chumash marine sanctuary would extend 140 miles from Cambria to Santa Barbara

Proponents say it would protect a diverse Pacific ecosystem

Local fishermen say the sanctuary could lead to over-regulation
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