OUR VISION FOR AMERICA'S TREASURED OCEAN PLACES

A Five-Year Strategy for the National Marine Sanctuary System

NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) is soliciting public input through April 30, 2017, on a draft strategy to direct national and local efforts in the protection of America's underwater parks. Titled Our Vision for America's Treasured Ocean Places: A Five-Year Strategy for the National Marine Sanctuary System, the plan is designed to set a five-year course for managing some of the nation's most amazing ocean and Great Lakes places.

We built the document not to capture everything we do but to address four principal needs:

  1. To convey to the American public our priorities over the next five years;
  2. To enhance focus and inspire our staff;
  3. To affirm our core values as an organization; and
  4. To deliver on NOAA's responsibilities as stewards of nationally significant ocean places.

We are committed to having our team and partners recognize the goals set out in the final document and, more importantly, their role in helping to achieve them.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts on our proposed direction and to finalize the document in the coming months.


The goals and objectives are the heart of the document and frame what actions we plan to take through 2022.

GOAL 1
ENSURE THRIVING SANCTUARIES AND OTHER OCEAN PARKS.
OBJECTIVE 1.1: Reduce threats to key species and marine habitats.
OBJECTIVE 1.2: Protect significant maritime heritage resources.
OBJECTIVE 1.3: Promote responsible human uses.
OBJECTIVE 1.4: Promote resilience and adaptation.

GOAL 2
SAFEGUARD MORE UNDERWATER TREASURES AS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES.
OBJECTIVE 2.1: Incorporate additional nationally significant resources into existing sanctuaries.
OBJECTIVE 2.2: Implement designation processes for new areas.
OBJECTIVE 2.3: Identify additional resources of national significance.

GOAL 3
INCREASE SUPPORT FOR SANCTUARIES.
OBJECTIVE 3.1: Expand recognition of national marine sanctuaries.
OBJECTIVE 3.2: Increase sanctuary engagement.
OBJECTIVE 3.3: Create a vision for the next 50 years of sanctuaries.

GOAL 4
DEEPEN OUR UNDERSTANDING OF SANCTUARIES.
OBJECTIVE 4.1: Learn more about our sanctuaries.
OBJECTIVE 4.2: Track and predict conditions and trends.
OBJECTIVE 4.3: Understand the value of sanctuaries to our nation.

GOAL 5
ENSURE THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES IS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK.
OBJECTIVE 5.1: Encourage a culture of collaboration, inclusion, and respect.
OBJECTIVE 5.2: Increase staff satisfaction and performance.
OBJECTIVE 5.3: Invest in our people and their professional development.


Comments

Comments will be accepted through April 30, 2017. Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:

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Electronic

Submit all electronic public comments via email to strategic.sanctuaries@noaa.gov. Comments may be included in the body of the email or as attachments.

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Mail

Strategic Planning Coordinator
Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
1305 East West Highway (N/NMS)
Silver Spring, MD 20910