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Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary Declared a Mission Blue Hope Spot

The proposed sanctuary is now recognized as a renowned Mission Blue Hope Spot. Highlighting the importance of designating the sanctuary this year.

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NCTC Board Member Mike Khus-zarate speaks standing at the base of Morro Rock at September 2023's Rally at the Rock – a gathering to advocate for the inclusion of Morro Bay in the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary, With crowd of people listening.

2023's Final Comment Period Was a BIG Success!

Final comment period had over 99% support form the 100,000 people who commented.

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Over 100,000 supporters weigh in during the final Chumash Sanctuary comment period

San Luis Obispo, California – Over 100,000 comments were submitted in support of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary (Chumash Sanctuary), according to an independent analysis of the publicly available comments

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Biden-Harris Administration proposes new Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary off California coast

NOAA seeks public comment on Chumash Heritage sanctuary draft proposal, which if designated would be nation's 16th national marine sanctuary

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El Consejo Tribal Chumash del Norte celebra la publicación de los documentos preliminares propuestos para el Santuario Marino Nacional del Patrimonio Chumash: período de comentarios públicos de 60 días abierto hasta el 25 de octubre de 2023

San Luis Obispo, CA – El viernes pasado, 25 de agosto, comenzó la última oportunidad para que el público opine sobre la propuesta de Santuario Marino Nacional del Patrimonio Chumash de la costa central de California

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Northern Chumash Tribal Council and Chumash Sanctuary campaign team stand together on the beach of Spooners Cove in Montaña de Oro State Park. Ocean in the background and standing on the sand with the bluffs behind them.

Northern Chumash Tribal Council Celebrates Release of Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary Draft Documents - 60 Day Public Comment Period Open Until October 25, 2023

San Luis Obispo, CA – Tomorrow begins the final opportunity for the public to weigh in on the California Central Coast’s proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.

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New SLO County mural shows Chumash tribal history — and proposed marine sanctuary

A dramatic new mural depicting Chumash tribal history and the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary is brightening up a corner of San Luis Obispo County.

The vivid artwork by Chumash artist John Khus covers a large outdoor wall on the U.S. Postal Service building at 4100 Bridge St., in Cambria, near Center Street.

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The Country’s Newest Marine Sanctuary Could Be Co-Managed by the Chumash People

Travelers flock to California’s Central Coast to kayak, camp, surf, fish, walk on the beach and otherwise take advantage of the area’s rugged natural beauty. But, since time immemorial, the Chumash people have called this region home. The Central Coast encompasses numerous sacred sites, where the Chumash still go to hold ceremonies and pray.

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After decades, a tribe's vision for a new marine sanctuary could be coming true

For more than decade, members of the Chumash tribe have led a campaign to create a new marine sanctuary on the central California coast. It could include waters off Point Conception, a sacred site for the Chumash people.

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