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Support the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary 

According to a recent study conducted by National Geographic, there are 2.5 trillion pieces of plastic debris in our oceans today. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on top of the ocean and 4 billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea. A field of flotsam, consisting of 90 percent plastic, floats across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii and on to Japan, and it stretches over a distance of 500 nautical miles. A CBS news report predicts that the world’s oceans could be empty of fish by 2046. Already a large number of edible fish and seafood species have declined by 90 percent. 

The sad truth is that our oceans are dying. 

Can we do anything?

The answer is yes; it is not too late. 

We can save the ocean by reclaiming one coastal zone at a time. Here on the Central Coast we can do our part by supporting the Chumash National Marine Sanctuary ( It is in the approval process with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), but we need your support now. Please contact Congresswoman Lois Capps, 546-8348; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (559) 224-3842; and Sen. Barbara Boxer, (559) 497-5109, to voice your support. Do it on behalf of our children and grandchildren.

-- Frank DePasquale - Cambria

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