Here we go: Chumash Marine Sanctuary

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The Biden administration announced they are all in for the proposed 7,000 square mile marine sanctuary.

NOAA today announced it is seeking public comment on the first steps toward designating a new national marine sanctuary in a 7,000 square mile area off the central California coast, adjacent to San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

The designation of a Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary would protect the region’s important marine ecosystem, maritime heritage resources and cultural values of Indigenous communities, while allowing NOAA to manage compatible uses within its boundaries. The National Marine Sanctuaries Act allows NOAA to designate and protect areas of marine and Great Lakes environments with special national significance.

As directed by President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, NOAA and other federal agencies seek to take a holistic approach to curbing and building resilience to climate change and its impacts. This includes conserving and restoring ocean and coastal habitats, supporting tribally and locally led stewardship, and advancing offshore wind and other clean energy projects. Advancing both the sanctuary designation process and wind energy development in the area, such as the proposed Morro Bay 399 Area, will demonstrate the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitments to these important and complementary goals.

“This Administration is committed to taking a holistic approach to addressing the climate crisis, said Gina M. Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce. “Together, the Department of Commerce, through NOAA, and the Department of Interior, along with many partners, are increasing resilience by conserving and restoring the natural and cultural resources that benefit our country and our planet; working to reduce emissions by fostering clean energy like offshore wind; and supporting frontline communities by helping them build back smarter and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Proposals like the Chumash Heritage sanctuary and Morro Bay 399 Area are great examples of how we can advance these goals in conjunction with each other.”

“This proposal demonstrates the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to lifting up community-led efforts to conserve our lands and waters and strengthen our economy,” said Deb Haaland, Secretary of the Interior. “Local voices, Indigenous knowledge, and collaborative stewardship will be integral to our efforts to bolster community resilience, protect our natural resources, and build a clean energy economy.”

“On California’s Central Coast, we have a chance to both harness the wind energy potential of our ocean and better protect the area’s extraordinary natural and cultural heritage,” said Gina McCarthy, National Climate Advisor. “To tackle the climate crisis we must – and we will – move ahead simultaneously with conservation and smartly-sited clean energy production.”

“The recent oil spill in California is a costly and harmful reminder that we need to do more to protect our coastal communities from the threats that our ocean is facing,” said Brenda Mallory, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “The Chumash Heritage sanctuary proposal and the Morro Bay wind energy area provide an opportunity for communities to help shape how we both protect the region’s extraordinary marine and cultural resources and harness the ocean’s clean energy potential.”

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC), led by the late Chief Fred Harvey Collins, nominated the area in 2015offsite link asking NOAA to consider it for sanctuary designation noting that it was an important way to preserve and recognize tribal history, safeguard marine resources, and open new doors for research and economic growth.

The nomination, championed with broad community support, also identifies opportunities for NOAA to expand upon existing local and state efforts to study, interpret, and manage the area’s unique natural and cultural resources. The area encompasses tribal history and an internationally significant ecological transition zone, where cooler, nutrient-rich temperate waters from the north meet warmer waters of the subtropics, providing a haven for marine mammals, invertebrates, sea birds, and fish. It includes kelp forests, vast sandy beaches and coastal dunes, as well as wetlands. These ecosystems serve as nurseries for numerous commercially and recreationally fished species, and critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife such as blue whales, the southern sea otter, black abalone, snowy plovers and leatherback sea turtles. In addition, NOAA has documented more than 200 shipwrecks in the area, two of which the agency worked to have listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

NOAA is seeking public comment on a proposed designation that advances NCTC’s nomination, with the nomination’s boundaries adjusted to exclude the area that overlaps with the proposed Morro Bay 399 Area. On May 25, 2021, the Departments of the Interior and Defense, Gina McCarthy, Senior Climate Advisor to the President, and the State of California announced their agreement to identify 399 square miles near Morro Bay for wind energy development, which will contribute to towards the Administration’s goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030.
 
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    Not sure we need another "Marine Sanctuary"? I'm older and lucky to
    have fished most anywhere without
    MPLAS or "Sanctuaries" my life. LOL

    FYI the Chumash Indians are the first known inhabitants of the Channel Islands and Central Coast, dating back 15000 years!
    LONG time ago. LOL
    Some interesting history. Just FYI

     
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    To include Arguello Canyon and Rodriguez Seamount. Wonder how many times the Chumash fished out there. This is already well on it’s way to become reality
     
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    From the link in the OPs post:

    “The proposed sanctuary will recognize and preserve Chumash tribal heritage, protect the area’s rich biodiversity, and build resilience to changing ocean conditions,” said Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., NOAA Administrator. “This special section of coast supports a way of life for many communities that rely on commercial fishing and enjoy recreational fishing, kayaking, surfing, diving, and wildlife watching. NOAA heard strong support from tribal leaders, a diverse set of groups, state officials, and several members of the California congressional delegation for moving forward with this proposed national marine sanctuary.”

    Like many I went through the MLPA process. I think I prefer dealing with the Chumash and to a lessor extent NOAA then having the people in Sacramento call all the shots. Unlike too many in Sacramento who have never spent time in "small" boats on the ocean at least the Chumash have a multi millennia long history of taking canoes to the channel islands. A lot more common ground with them.
     
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    From the link in the OPs post:

    “The proposed sanctuary will recognize and preserve Chumash tribal heritage, protect the area’s rich biodiversity, and build resilience to changing ocean conditions,” said Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., NOAA Administrator. “This special section of coast supports a way of life for many communities that rely on commercial fishing and enjoy recreational fishing, kayaking, surfing, diving, and wildlife watching. NOAA heard strong support from tribal leaders, a diverse set of groups, state officials, and several members of the California congressional delegation for moving forward with this proposed national marine sanctuary.”

    Like many I went through the MLPA process. I think I prefer dealing with the Chumash and to a lessor extent NOAA then having the people in Sacramento call all the shots. Unlike too many in Sacramento who have never spent time in "small" boats on the ocean at least the Chumash have a multi millennia long history of taking canoes to the channel islands. A lot more common ground with them.
    This is not a Sacramento call. It's NOAA.
    The Chumash deserve their due I say too.

    As for CAL DFW and MPLAS.....
    I attended a "hearing" on the MPLAS, and
    after hrs. got my turn. I asked all the do
    gooders (Sierra Club, Seal Lovers etc.)..
    "How many of you have every been to any of
    The Channel Islands, or even on the ocean?"
    ONE raised his hand=to Catalina. LOL LOL
    I finished with..."SO you feel qualified to make
    rulings on areas many of us fished for years"
    (grumbling heard) "Yeah Right". Left the mike.
     
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    This is not a Sacramento call. It's NOAA.
    The Chumash deserve their due I say too.

    As for CAL DFW and MPLAS.....
    I attended a "hearing" on the MPLAS, and
    after hrs. got my turn. I asked all the do
    gooders (Sierra Club, Seal Lovers etc.)..
    "How many of you have every been to any of
    The Channel Islands, or even on the ocean?"
    ONE raised his hand=to Catalina. LOL LOL
    I finished with..."SO you feel qualified to make
    rulings on areas many of us fished for years"
    (grumbling heard) "Yeah Right". Left the mike.
    [Useless trivia]
    There are more people in the seven summits club (climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents) than have set foot on all eight channel islands.

    Everything you ever wanted to know about the channel islands (and a danm good read):

     
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    What is the current population of the Chumash tribe, what have they defined as their current “need” for this reserve? What is their point other than a feel good set aside?
     
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    Read the language carefully, follow the money.

    Understand that this is “global warming” or climate change. 399 square miles will become offshore wind farm. The admin will justify the wind farm by saying they conserved or preserved 7000 square miles of our waters.

    Just wait till you see who profits from the wind farms, it will be a “who’s who” of the left raking in billions of tax and rate payer dollars.
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    Yep.... on MY Internet...I can find "facts" that fit my narrative. YET even the CEO OF GOOGLE claims.... "WE ARE NOT A TRUTH ENGINE"...

    I Predict we will be "fighting" for our continued right to fish.... for generations to come. Regardless of the States "Color".... its the nature of the beast. Accept it.... regroup. Man has been fighting for fishing rights for millenia! Not just here... in Cal. But ....everywhere, worldwide 🌐. J
     
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    Yep.... on MY Internet...I can find "facts" that fit my narrative. YET even the CEO OF GOOGLE claims.... "WE ARE NOT A TRUTH ENGINE"...

    I Predict we will be "fighting" for our continued right to fish.... for generations to come. Regardless of the States "Color".... its the nature of the beast. Accept it.... regroup.
    Like I said, I'm lucky starting age 13 with
    Eddie McEwen on Pacific Queen in the 60's.
    Fished just about everywhere before any
    MPLAS, etc. More people, more boats, more
    fish caught....things change. Adapt and fish!!
     
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    Ok I see it now, like it has been stated, this is a version of a land grab for real estate on the ocean for wind farms. Using a tribe as a mouth piece, possibly giving them a cut of the action, this beautiful coast will now be the west coast poster child for wind farms. Using the minor oil spill in HB as another wedge to keep public minds off of what the real intent is.


    So get ready for more limited access, less freedom on the seas, and a horizon full of white windmills.
     
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    Al B.Fishing

    Agenda push using the Chumash to pass it through . If a Chumash is standing on the shore looking at the Channel Islands with a tear rolling down his cheek he just needs to drive back to their cash cow Casino and laugh all the way to the bank. Playing the pity card to disguise what they want done
     
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    From the link in the OPs post:

    “The proposed sanctuary will recognize and preserve Chumash tribal heritage, protect the area’s rich biodiversity, and build resilience to changing ocean conditions,” said Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., NOAA Administrator. “This special section of coast supports a way of life for many communities that rely on commercial fishing and enjoy recreational fishing, kayaking, surfing, diving, and wildlife watching. NOAA heard strong support from tribal leaders, a diverse set of groups, state officials, and several members of the California congressional delegation for moving forward with this proposed national marine sanctuary.”

    Like many I went through the MLPA process. I think I prefer dealing with the Chumash and to a lessor extent NOAA then having the people in Sacramento call all the shots. Unlike too many in Sacramento who have never spent time in "small" boats on the ocean at least the Chumash have a multi millennia long history of taking canoes to the channel islands. A lot more common ground with them.
    I'm getting tired of every time an Indian took a shit that site was sacred that's code for screwing all of us out of something.
     
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    I'm getting tired of every time an Indian took a shit that site was sacred that's code for screwing all of us out of something.
    LOL Then again the Chumash have been living on their own land for 15000 years.
    How are they screwing all us newbies? LOL
     
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    By using their I got here first as an excuse for banning 7000 square miles of fishing water that they didn't even use during their 15,000 year history. Sounds so noble till you realize "They" protected everywhere you fished with any excuse they can find like MPA's, the 30/30 scam, etc till there's no place to fish. Not picking on the Indians per say this is just the latest excuse why we can fish certain waters.
     
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    This sanctuary does not ban any fishing whatsoever.

    Read the freakin text before you jump off a cliff.
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    Well if its like hunting their land its just a number in a check book.With the state you cant even get a permit to fish a MPA!Tom
     
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    LOL Then again the Chumash have been living on their own land for 15000 years.
    How are they screwing all us newbies? LOL
    For the tribe they call Chumash, 15,000 years is not a factual number, they estimate starting around the year 1000. If you want to go back that far in history, we should give it all back to the Russians who crossed the Bering Sea Straits to North America.

    Any land we stand on today is a conquered land, but the generations that had no skin in the heavy lifting of nation building want to rewrite history to a kinder, gentler narrative, which would have eliminated their existence today if it held true back in the day.

    The West Coast of North America would have eventually landed in Spanish, Russian, Japanese or Chinese hands, some country more advanced than the occupants who stood on the ground at the time, at least fate put it into more capable hands that sought a form of Democracy.
     
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    For the tribe they call Chumash, 15,000 years is not a factual number, they estimate starting around the year 1000. If you want to go back that far in history, we should give it all back to the Russians who crossed the Bering Sea Straits to North America.

    Any land we stand on today is a conquered land, but the generations that had no skin in the heavy lifting of nation building want to rewrite history to a kinder, gentler narrative, which would have eliminated their existence today if it held true back in the day.

    The West Coast of North America would have eventually landed in Spanish, Russian, Japanese or Chinese hands, some country more advanced than the occupants who stood on the ground at the time, at least fate put it into more capable hands that sought a form of Democracy.
    NO KIDDING
     
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    I think we should support a reserve for the Lenape Indians.
    Manhattan Island. They sold it to the Dutch in the 1626
     
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    Didn't see a thing about allowed or disallowed uses. Aside from the wind farm areas off Cambria that will doubtless have to be given a wide berth (soon to be an albacore hot spot, again, lol, jk, I think most of that is SW of MB, but then there's bluefin to consider too). The wind farms will probably rank second in navigational hazard potential after Pt. Arguello. Other than that, maybe a good place for a wind farm--blows like a mother up there a good many days of the year. And the bird strikes can be mopped up by sharks.

    Looks like this proposal has been kicking around officially since at least as far back as 2015. Hey, they're also soliciting suggestions for names in the public comment phase. Assuming they don't go with a Chumash name, I suggest Sea-grabby McSea-grab Face.

    Good fishin'!
    BDC OK
     
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    By using their I got here first as an excuse for banning 7000 square miles of fishing water that they didn't even use during their 15,000 year history. Sounds so noble till you realize "They" protected everywhere you fished with any excuse they can find like MPA's, the 30/30 scam, etc till there's no place to fish. Not picking on the Indians per say this is just the latest excuse why we can fish certain waters.
    NOT TRUE=READ!!!
     
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