NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seeks public input on nomination process for potential new marine sanctuaries

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NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seeks public input on nomination process for potential new marine sanctuaries


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Vernon Smith, 301-713-7248




Keeley Belva, 301-643-6463




NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announces updated process
for nominating new national marine sanctuaries


Public can now suggest locations for consideration




















For 40 years, the United States national marine sanctuaries have worked to protect sites ranging from a Civil War shipwreck to coral reefs and tiny atolls. Recently, NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that beginning this week the American public can now nominate nationally significant marine and Great Lakes areas as potential new national marine sanctuaries.


A humpback whale feeds in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

The announcement was made by John Podesta, counselor to President Obama, during Capitol Hill Ocean Week. The community-based nomination process responds to numerous requests for new sanctuaries from interested communities and stakeholders around the country.

The National Marine Sanctuaries Act in 1972 gave NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration a mandate to identify, designate, and protect marine areas of special national significance. The public’s involvement in shaping the mechanisms used to nominate new sanctuaries will help NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in this mission.


Pink coral at Rose Atoll in National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.
Pink coral at Rose Atoll in National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.

“Our national marine sanctuaries not only protect special places in America’s oceans and Great Lakes, but they promote responsible and sustainable ocean uses to protect the health of our oceans for future generations,” said Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D, NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration administrator and under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere. “This new process increases the public’s involvement in the stewardship of our oceans, which is central to NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s overall mission. We look forward to hearing from the public about places in the marine and Great Lakes environment they feel deserve special status and protection as national marine sanctuaries.”

The National Marine Sanctuaries Act directs NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to identify, designate, and protect marine areas of special national significance. The public’s involvement in nominating new sanctuaries will help NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in this mission and support the administration’s goals of ensuring healthy coastal communities and economies.

Diver explores bow of E.B. Allen in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Diver explores bow of E.B. Allen in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Recently’s announcement will not result in the automatic designation of any new national marine sanctuaries. However, the nomination process will result in an inventory of areas NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will consider for national marine sanctuary designation, taking into account input and support from various local, regional and national interests and organizations. Consideration also will be based on a proposed area’s national significance and the feasibility of managing it.

NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration may designate new sanctuaries and implement their associated regulations only after a nominated site has gone through a separate, highly public process that typically takes several years to complete. For more specific details about the nomination process, click here.

In 1995, NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries deactivated the previous process for nominating new sanctuaries. Since that time members of Congress, state officials, tribal governments, non-governmental organizations and others have expressed interest in pursuing new national marine sanctuaries, recognizing their ability to protect treasured places and enhance local economies. NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration received tremendous amounts of feedback from the general public on this new proposal (nearly 18,000 comments – the majority of which favored the move).

NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as trustee for a system of 14 marine protected areas, encompassing more than 170,000 square miles of America’s ocean and Great Lakes waters. Through active research, management, and public engagement, national marine sanctuaries sustain healthy environments that are the foundation for thriving communities and stable economies.




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