Extension of Public Comment Period for the Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

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Extension of Public Comment Period for the Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary
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Update by NOAA
January 18, 2022

NOAA seeks public comment on draft management plan for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary: Two virtual public comment meetings to be held on Jan. 18 and 27, 2022

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is revising the management plan for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. A draft management plan has been released and the public can comment through February 24 on the priorities and strategies described for managing the sanctuary over the next 5-10 years. Comments may be submitted online, by mail, or in person at virtual public comment meetings.

Periodic review of the sanctuary’s management plan ensures that management actions effectively address current and emerging issues and protect sanctuary resources. Public engagement is central to NOAA’s community-based approach to managing national marine sanctuaries, and agency partnerships and collaborations are critical to meeting sanctuary goals.

WHAT: Public comment period through Feb. 24, 2022 to solicit input on the Draft Management Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment for NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

WHEN and WHERE: How to comment (through Feb 24, 2022)

Be Heard at Virtual Public Comment Meetings:

Submit Written Comments Online:

Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal, www.regulations.gov. Use docket number NOAA-NOS-2019-0110.

Send Written Comments By Mail:
Attn: Public Comment
NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
UCSB Ocean Science Education Building 514
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

For more information, visit www.channelislands.noaa.gov.

Link to Management Plan Revision webpage: https://channelislands.noaa.gov/manage/plan/revision.html  

Source: NOAA
January 6, 2022

On November 10, 2021, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a Notice of Intent to conduct scoping and to prepare a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. On December 16, 2021, NOAA extended the public comment period by 21 days to January 31, 2022, to provide the public additional time to provide comments on the Notice of Intent. 

Comments must be received by January 31, 2022, as specified below. Comments received after this date may not be accepted. NOAA hosted two virtual public scoping meetings on December 8 and December 13, 2021, and will conduct a third meeting at the following date and time:

  • Thursday, January 6, 2022, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Pacific Time.
NOAA may end the meeting before the time noted above if all those participating have completed their oral comments.
You may submit comments for this public scoping process by any of the following methods:

• Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and enter “NOAA-NOS-2021-0080” in the Search box. Click on the “Comment” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

• Mail: Send any hard copy public comments by mail to: Paul Michel, NOAA Sanctuaries West Coast Regional Office, 99 Pacific Street, Building 100F, Monterey, CA 93940.

• Public Scoping Meeting: Provide oral comments during the remaining virtual public scoping meeting on January 6, 2022.

Webinar registration details and additional information about the proposed designation of Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary is available at www.sanctuaries.noaa.gov/​chumash-heritage.

For further information, contact Paul Michel, (831) 241-4217, paul.michel@noaa.gov, West Coast Region Policy Coordinator.

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yacht rocked Jan 19, 2022 06:50 AM
Extension of Public Comment Period for the Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

I think it might be more about justifying office space, staff, and patrol craft for NOAA to patrol the Sanctuary and promote stewardship and scientific research. It doesn't do much in terms of actual protection. It fills in the gap between the named Sanctuaries to the North and South. I'd expect the entire West Coast offshore area from Canada to Mexico to be NOAA Sanctuaries in a decade or two.

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