Expanding Coastal Protections

Feb 11, 2013

This map shows both the existing areas for the two marine sanctuaries, as well as the boundaries of their proposed expansions.
Credit Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

 Two more public hearings on plans to expand existing marine sanctuaries north from Bodega Head to Point Area are being held  Feb. 12 ands 13. They are a key step toward a permanent ban on oil exploration and drilling along the North Coast.

In addition to the two public hearings this week (details below),  NOAA is also taking comments online here through the end of February.

The remaining meeting schedule is as follows:

Point Arena -- February 12,  at Point Arena High School, 185 Lake Street, Point Arena, CA 95468 at  6 p.m. Gualala -- February 13, at the Gualala Community Center, 47950 Center St., Gualala, CAat 6 p.m