Marine Sanctuaries along the Northern California coast provide a safe haven for leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles that swim here from across the Pacific. Right now we have a rare opportunity to enlarge two marine sanctuaries that are important to sea turtles by more than 2,000 square miles of ocean habitat. But to make this happen, the U. S. Senate must pass new legislation before the end of 2010. Please join Sea Turtle Restoration Project in urging lawmakers to expand the marine sanctuaries before they adjourn for the holidays.
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Just outside the Golden Gate in San Francisco, the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries safeguard critical feeding areas and migratory swimways for sea turtles. The cold, nutrient-rich upwelling waters in the sanctuaries also support 33 species of marine mammals alone: whales, elephant seals, sea lions, and seals. – all critical to healthy oceans.
Please urge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to act quickly and take up S212, the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Boundary Adjustment and Protection Act, sponsored by Senators Boxer and Feinstein. The bill is a prime candidate for inclusion in a larger omnibus lands bill has received wide support from state and local government, fishermen, environmentalists, and economic interests.