Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

August 2023

BREAKING NEWS: NOAA releases proposal for national marine sanctuary off California coast

Following input from the public, stakeholders, Indigenous communities, scientists, and federal and state agencies, today NOAA released its proposal to designate Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary, a 5,617-square-mile area offshore of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties in central California.