National Marine Sanctuaries
How will the public be involved?
Active and informed public participation is a key element of sanctuary management, particularly during management plan review. The NMSP recognizes the public as a key resource management partner and values their input in helping shape and manage marine sanctuaries. For almost 30 years, the NMSP has engaged the public in helping create new sanctuaries, develop resource protection strategies, resolve multi-stakeholder issues (i.e., water quality, vessel traffic, and marine reserves), and more recently to review existing management plans. Using the lessons learned from these experiences, the NMSP will help build community awareness of key issues affecting these sanctuaries and actively engage user and interest groups, agencies, and the public in an open dialogue about how to best shape the future direction and management of these three contiguous sites.
The public will have numerous opportunities to
participate in management plan review, beginning with the
scoping meetings and continuing through the development of
the draft and final management plans. The NMSP will provide
ample notice of each meeting through local media and the
You can become involved in the joint management plan review by first helping identify issues and potential solutions during the scoping phase. The NMSP will accept comments in writing, via the Internet, or in person at any of the scoping workshops. After the issues have been reviewed and prioritized, the sanctuaries will involve the public in developing action plans. These action plans will become the foundation for draft management plans, which, once completed, will be available for public review and comment. Throughout the review process, you may also attend any of the Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) meetings held at each of the three sanctuaries. Meeting agendas are posted on the individual site websites, and all meetings are open to the public.
Contact your local sanctuary office at:
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank
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