National Marine Sanctuary

The jury is in on marine reserves: They work. Research has repeatedly shown that fish numbers quickly climb following well-enforced fishing bans, creating tangible benefits for fishers who work the surrounding waters. In fact, many experts believe fishing will only be sustainable if marine reserves are expanded significantly.

That's why some activists and scientists are now discussing the idea of creating a marine reserve so big it would cover most of the ocean. Specifically, they want fishing banned in international waters.

Central Coast marine sanctuaries under review

Aug 3, 2017
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Just like the current review of 27 national monuments across America by the Department of the Interior, the federal Department of Commerce is looking to possibly revoke protected designation of 11 marine sanctuaries. 

NOAA

A large area along California's Central Coast is now being considered as a national marine sanctuary.

The proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary marks the first time that the public has nominated a stretch of California coast for this designation.

The formal documents were submitted this week to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for consideration on Monday.