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

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 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​chumash-heritage.

For further information, contact Paul Michel, (831) 241-4217,, West Coast Region Policy Coordinator.

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