marine sanctuaries

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Last week, we visited a Congressional forum convened by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) to consider President Donald Trump’s executive order on Marine Sanctuaries. We promised to revisit the event this week, and hear from some of the experts who gathered in Sausalito at the Bay Model to bolster opponents of downsizing the Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones Sanctuaries. 

Nancy Pelosi, Jared Huffman, and Lynn Woolsey
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This morning in Sausalito, Representative  Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) convened  a packed meeting that had the look and feel of a Congressional hearing. Several hundred people listened to politicians and ocean activists discuss President Trump’s threat to make local marine sanctuaries, vastly expanded by President Obama, shrink by about half. This would remove protections against drilling and mining that a bipartisan group of leaders has long agreed were important. Reporter Steve Mencher was there.

Greater Farallones Sanctuary Map
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When the Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries were expanded in 2015, advocates happily described them as "permanently" protected. That protection is now threatened by an April 28 presidential executive order which seeks to review the expansion, as Steve Mencher reports in the second part of a two-part story.

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Time is growing short to make your voice heard on the president's Executive Order to review and possibly shrink the National Marine Sanctuaries off the coast of Northern California, and elsewhere around the state and nation. The sanctuaries were expanded by President Obama in 2015 after extensive public input and hearings. In the first of two stories, Steve Mencher describes what the protections mean and what's at stake now.

Map of National Marine Sanctuaries off North Bay coast.
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(Editor's Note: The comment period for public input on these National Marine Sanctuaries has been extended to August 14.)