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NOAA seeks public comment on expanding marine sanctuaries
Dan Bacher
"The waters off the northern California coast are incredibly nutrient-rich and drive the entire natural system and, for almost a decade, local communities have been petitioning their elected officials to expand sanctuary protection to these areas," said Daniel J. Basta, director of the NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Photo of Stewarts Point (Danaka) in Sonoma County, located within the proposed boundaries of the expanded Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, by Dan Bacher. This area is sacred to the Kashia Pomo Tribe. Fortunately, the Tribe, after conducting a blessing ceremony here on April 30, 2010, successfully pressured the Fish and Game Commission to reopen this area to tribal gathering and recreational fishing after it was closed.

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