A new Southern California Offshore Banks Sanctuary Proposal

In January 2017, a coalition of scientists and conservationists submitted a nomination to NOAA for a new Sanctuary designation in Southern California. See their full submission here.

Map of proposed sanctuary locations

Map of proposed sanctuary locations

Excerpt from the nomination:

"Importantly, this proposal does not recommend the curtailment of these either military or fisheries activities but emphasizes the need to coordinate these offshore activities with national security concerns while prohibiting oil and gas extraction, mining, and other industrial uses."