Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary
O'Neill Sea Odyssey Executive Director, Dan Haifley, will make a presentation entitled "How Monterey Bay Sanctuary was protected and Chumash Heritage could be next" which will discuss the creation of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, designated on September 18, 1992, and the lessons that can be applied to the current effort to establish a Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary off San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara County. The presentation will occur at the Chumash Auditorium at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, March 17. As the Executive Director of Save Our Shores from 1986-1993, Haifley was a leader in the fight against offshore oil, including promoting laws in 26 communities governing onshore facilities for offshore oil, and in the creation of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
The event, "Now More Than Ever: the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary" is an afternoon of information and undersea wonders as marine biologists, elected officials and conservation advocates come together to discuss the protections that national marine sanctuary status has brought to treasures of marine habitat and wildlife along the California coast, and how it can happen for SLO and Santa Barbara via designation of the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. Included will be a special video presentation by Holly Lohuis of Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society.