Save Our Marine Sanctuaries!

Active | June 26 2017

Ocean Protection

The Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries are in jeopardy. The Trump administration wants to undo existing protections and open up California's offshore waters to new oil drilling.


On Wednesday, Aug. 23, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) will host a forum on protecting national marine sanctuaries and monuments featuring Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough), other elected officials, business leaders, and ocean experts. The forum, which will be held at the Bay Model Visitor Center, will highlight the benefits of these federal protections for ocean health and coastal economies, including fishing, outdoor recreation, and tourism, and examine the threat of President Trump's Executive Order 13795, which launched a review of all designations and expansions of National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments since 2007.

The event will be livestreamed here.


California's four national marine sanctuaries are key to our state's recreational heritage, healthy ecosystems and a thriving coastal economy. But a new Executive Order mandates a “review” of expanded sanctuary areas that seeks potential new exploitation of offshore oil and gas, frozen methane hydrates and subsea minerals within them. We must push back and insist the federal government not strip protections from our coast! 

The public comment period has closed, but you can still fight for our sanctuaries! Call your representatives in Congress to tell them to oppose new offshore drilling! Find your member's phone numbers here: Senate and House.

Ocean Protection

The Surfrider Foundation works to protect our ocean and address the dangers to it, today and in the future. Our Ocean Protection Initiative includes grassroots campaigns to establish and support Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), oppose new offshore oil drilling and seismic testing, participate in regional ocean planning, and ensure renewable ocean energy does not damage our ocean.

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