<p><p>We have a chance to expand the protective boundaries of the Gulf of
the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries thanks to
the support of thousands of activists like you and the tireless work of
Northern California's Congressional representatives. If approved, the
expansion would block all future offshore oil and gas activity from an
additional 2,700 square miles of California's ocean<b>.</b><a href="http://action.seaturtles.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12202"><b>; Please take action today!</b></a></p><p><a href="http://action.seaturtles.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12202"><b><b>http://action.seaturtles.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12202</b><br></b></a>;
</p><p><b>Protect Sea Turtles, Whales, and Seabirds</b></p>
<p>The new Sanctuary boundaries would expand north to include the Sonoma
and Mendocino Coasts, and a critical upwelling zone that supports one
of the most biodiverse marine ecosystems in the world. Pacific
leatherback sea turtles, white sharks, blue whales, seabirds and coho
salmon are just a few of the endangered and charismatic creatures that
rely on this marine habitat for their continued existence.</p>
<p><b>Oil and Gas Developments Banned Forever</b></p>
<p>All oil, gas, and mineral developments are prohibited within the
National Marine Sanctuaries. Ocean activists and Congresswoman Lynn
Woolsey (now retired) fought for decades to keep Northern California's
coast free from oil drilling. A Marine Sanctuary expansion would mean a
historic victory that broadens the protections gained through their
years of work.</p>
<p><b>Take action now:</b></p>
<p>1) <a href="http://action.seaturtles.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12202">Click here to add your name</a> in support of expanding California's National Marine Sanctuaries. <a href="http://action.seaturtles.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12202">http://action.seaturtles.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12202</a><br></p>;
<p>2) Write your own personal support letter! Follow the instructions at the bottom of the <a href="http://action.seaturtles.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12202">online petition page</a>.</p>
<p>3) <a href="https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1723/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=7589">Support this campaign</a> with a tax-deductible contribution to save sea turtles and marine mammals.</p><p>Thank you. <br></p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>Chris Pincetich, Ph.D.<br>Outreach &amp; Education Manager<br>Turtle Island Restoration Network<br>STRP * www.seaturtles.org<br>SPAWN * www.spawnusa.org<br>GotMercury * www.gotmercury.org<br>Shark Stewards * www.sharkstewards.org<br></p>;

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