NOAA’s San Francisco-based Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary will meet to discuss matters relevant to proposed and existing marine protected areas in the National Marine Sanctuary Program. Both sites include oil reserves, and share as major issues the potential impacts of petroleum exploration and development on marine wildlife and habitats. Maps are included, below (credit NOAA for both, if used). The two locations under discussion are:
– The proposed designation of a new “Chumash Heritage” national marine sanctuary along the South-central California coast. This new sanctuary would be contiguous with the existing Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This addition would result in an unbroken swath of protected coastal waters, from near Santa Barbara through the northern limit of Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary near Pt. Arena in Mendocino County.
– The expansion of the existing Flower Garden Bank National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico, off Texas. The full agenda with specific times for each point of business is below and attached.
The virtual meeting will take place Monday, June 15, beginning at 1 p.m. PST. The public will remain in LISTEN ONLY mode throughout the meeting, except for 10 minutes during public comment from 1:30-1:40 p.m.
For questions, please contact Council Coordinator, Alayne Chappell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.