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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BL31 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Designation of the Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary 

In accordance with section 304(a) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA), as amended, and based on the area’s qualities described in the community-based nomination submitted to NOAA on July 17, 2015 (https://, NOAA initiated a process to consider designating a portion of waters along and offshore of the central coast of California as a national marine sanctuary. This proposed rule follows NOAA's publication, in November 2021, of a Notice of Intent to conduct scoping and to prepare a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed sanctuary. Through the public scoping process, NOAA received support for the proposed designation from a diverse coalition of organizations and individuals at tribal, local, state, regional, and national levels including elected officials, businesses, recreational users, conservation groups, and education groups. This proposed designation would protect this nationally significant area for its culturally and biologically important resources. This proposed rule will be accompanied by a draft management plan that also identifies opportunities for NOAA to expand upon existing local, tribal, and state efforts to study, interpret, and manage the area’s unique cultural and biological resources. NOAA is also preparing a draft environmental impact statement concurrent with this proposed action to evaluate environmental impacts of the proposed sanctuary in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 15 CFR 922   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/25/2023  88 FR 58123   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/25/2023 
Final Rule  07/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: State, Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Sarah Stein
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East-West Hwy,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:414 238-8342