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National Marine Sanctuaries Federal Register Notices

Notice Title Published FR Citation
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: With this final rule, NOAA is expanding Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary from 448 square miles to 4,300 square miles.

9/5/14 79 FR 52960
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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Final Environmental Impact Statement
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Description: In this final environmental impact statement, NOAA analyzes the impacts of various alternatives for the expansion of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

8/1/14 79 FR 44769
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Administrative Updates to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Regulations
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Description: This final rule makes administrative and procedural changes to the applicable regulations with corrected addresses and fax numbers because the offices of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument have moved.

7/31/14 79 FR 44316
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Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Regulations and Management Plan
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Description: NOAA has updated the regulations and management plan for Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. The regulations are revised to clarify the prohibition on anchoring and add an exemption to allow the use of weighted marker buoys that are continuously tended by vessel operators during otherwise lawful fishing or diving activities, not attached to a vessel, and not capable of holding a boat at anchor. A revised management plan outlining management priorities for GRNMS for the next 5-10 years has also been prepared.

7/18/14 79 FR 41879
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Final Rule Re-establishing the Sanctuary Nomination Process
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Description: This final rule re-establishes the process for communities to nominate nationally significant areas of the marine and Great Lakes environments as national marine sanctuaries. The rule includes the final process, criteria, and management considerations that NOAA will use to evaluate community nominations for inclusion in the inventory of areas that could be considered for designation as national marine sanctuaries.

6/13/14 79 FR 33851
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Amended Proposed Rule for Boundary Expansion of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: NOAA seeks comments on an amendment to the proposal to expand Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary from 448 square miles to 4,300 square miles. Comments accepted from 5/09/14 to 6/08/2014.

5/9/14 79 FR 26654
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Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries Regulations on Introduced Species
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Description: On March 27, 2014, NOAA proposed to amend an earlier proposed rule (from March 2013) to allow GFNMS and MBNMS to authorize certain introduced species of shellfish from commercial mariculture projects in all state waters of the sanctuaries. The comment period on this amendment closed on April 11, 2014. NOAA is re-opening the public comment period until May 5, 2014.

4/17/14 79 FR 21658
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Proposed Rule for Expansion of Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries
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Description: NOAA is requesting comments until June 30, 2014 on the proposed expansion of Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries as well as related regulatory changes.

4/14/14 79 FR 20982
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Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries Regulations on Introduced Species
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Description: On March 18, 2013 (78 FR 16622), NOAA proposed to prohibit the introduction of introduced species into the state waters of Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay national marine sanctuaries (GFNMS and MBNMS). The proposed prohibition included exceptions for the catch and release of striped bass and for introduced species as part of mariculture activities in the Tomales Bay region of GFNMS. NOAA is now amending the March 2013 proposed rule to allow GFNMS and MBNMS to authorize certain introduced species of shellfish from commercial mariculture projects in all state waters of the sanctuaries, including Tomales Bay. This notice reopens the public comment period to consider this amendment. Comments will be accepted until April 11, 2014.

3/27/14 79 FR 17073
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Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment of Potential White Shark Research and Education Projects in the Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries
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Description: NOAA has developed a draft programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) to analyze the potential impacts of anticipated research and education projects in the next five years and that may have the potential to affect White Sharks within Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the northern portion of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

3/24/14 79 FR 15960
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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: NOAA is soliciting public comments on potential amendment to the regulations regarding anchoring and the use of small weighted marker buoys for diving or fishing in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. NOAA is also soliciting comments on a draft management plan and environmental assessment. Public comments are accepted until February 10, 2014.

12/10/13 78 FR 74046
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Boundary Expansion of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: On June 14, 2013, NOAA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to revise the regulations for the boundary of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (78 FR 35776). On August 15, NOAA re- opened the comment period until October 18, 2013 (78 FR 49700). On October 28, NOAA re-opened the comment period until November 27 (78 FR 64186). This notice re-opens the public comment period stated in the June 14, 2013 proposed rule until December 19, 2013.

12/5/13 78 FR 73112
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Boundary Expansion of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: On June 14, 2013, NOAA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to revise the regulations for the boundary of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (78 FR 35776). On August 15, NOAA re- opened the comment period until October 18, 2013 (78 FR 49700). This notice re-opens the public comment period stated in the June 14, 2013 proposed rule until November 27, 2013.

10/28/13 78 FR 64186
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Boundary Expansion of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: On June 14, 2013, NOAA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to revise the regulations for the boundary of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (78 FR 35776). This notice reopens the public comment period stated in that proposed rule until October 18, 2013.

8/15/13 78 FR 49700
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Re-establishing the Sanctuary Nomination Process
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Description: NOAA is soliciting public comment on the proposed rule to re-establish the sanctuary nomination process. NOAA is also proposing to amend its regulations governing the process for nominating and evaluating sites for eligibility as a national marine sanctuary. This action would replace the currently inactive Sanctuary Evaluation List (SEL) with a new process for local communities and other interested parties to provide NOAA with robust, criteria-driven proposals for new national marine sanctuaries. Comments will be considered if received on or before August 27, 2013.

6/28/13 78 FR 38848
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Boundary Expansion of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: NOAA seeks comments on a proposal to expand Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary from 448 square miles to 4,300 square miles. Comments accepted from 6/14/2013 to 8/13/2013.

6/14/13 78 FR 35776
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Final Notice of Applicability of Special Use Permit Requirements to Certain Categories of Activities Conducted Within the National Marine Sanctuary System
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Description: NOAA gives public notice of the final revised list of categories of activities subject to the special use permit requirements of Section 310 of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.

5/3/13 78 FR 25957
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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Withdrawal. Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries Regulations on Introduced Species.
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Description: NOAA is soliciting public comments on potential withdrawal of a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on October 1, 2009 (74 FR 50740) concerning regulations on the introduction of introduced species into Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay national marine sanctuaries. Public comments are accepted until May 17, 2013.

3/18/13 78 FR 16628
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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries Regulations on Introduced Species.
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Description: NOAA is soliciting public comments on potential amendment to the terms of designation and regulations regarding the introduction of introduced species into Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay national marine sanctuaries (GFNMS and MBNMS, respectively). Public comments are accepted until May 17, 2013.

3/18/13 78 FR 16622
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Notice of Availability for Final Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: This notice informs the public of the publication of the final management plan and environmental assessment for Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

2/14/13 78 FR 10606
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Amendments to National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: NOAA is soliciting public comment on the proposed rule to amend the program regulations of the national marine sanctuaries. The rule would update and reorganize the existing regulations, eliminate redundancies across sanctuaries, eliminate outmoded regulations, adopt standard boundary descriptions, and consolidate general and permitting procedures. Comments will be considered if received on or before March 29, 2013.

1/28/13 78 FR 5998
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Notice of Applicability of Special Use Permit Requirements to Certain Categories of Activities Conducted Within the National Marine Sanctuary System
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Description: NOAA is seeking public comment on the proposal to revise three of the five existing categories of special use permits and to add two new categories of special use permits: recreational diving near the USS Monitor and fireworks displays.

1/15/13 78 FR 2957
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Correction to Notice of Intent to Prepare a DEIS for Expansion of Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries
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Description: NOAA has made a correction to the time and place of the public scoping meeting described in 77 FR 75601.

1/9/13 78 FR 1778
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Notice of Intent to Prepare a DEIS for Expansion of Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries
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Description: NOAA seeks comments on the consideration of a proposal to expand Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries.

12/21/12 77 FR 75601
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Expansion of Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Regulatory Changes, and Sanctuary Name Change; Notice of Effective Date
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Description: NOAA is announcing the regulations published on July 26, 2012 (77 FR 43942) became effective on October 15, 2012.

10/31/12 77 FR 65815
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Notice of Intent to Prepare a DEIS for Expansion of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: NOAA seeks comments on the consideration of a proposal to expand Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

8/7/12 77 FR 46985
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Expansion of Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Regulatory Changes, and Sanctuary Name Change; Final Rule
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Description: NOAA is adding five additional discrete geographical areas to the sanctuary and changing the name of the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary to the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. NOAA also is amending existing sanctuary regulations and applying these regulations to activities in the sanctuary.

7/26/12 77 FR 43942
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Environmental Impact Statement; Notice of Availability - Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary, including sanctuary expansion and name change (EIS No. 20120194).

6/22/12 77 FR 37672
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Final rule for Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: NOAA published a final rule for Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. This final rule contains regulatory amendments pertaining to the protection of rays and whale sharks, the requirement to use flags when diving from a vessel in the sanctuary, clarifications on the discharge prohibition, and various technical changes. An environmental assessment was prepared for this action.

4/27/12 77 FR 25060
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Notice of Intent to Prepare an EA or DEIS for amending the Zoning Scheme and Regulations for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Fish and Wildlife Service and State of Florida Management Agreement
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Description: NOAA seeks comments on the consideration of zoning scheme and regulations for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Fish and Wildlife Service and State of Florida Management Agreement for Submerged Lands within Boundaries of the Key West and Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuges and Regulations

4/19/12 77 FR 23425
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Notice of Public Availability and Meetings for the Draft Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: This notice advises the public that NOAA is soliciting public comment on the draft management plan and draft environmental assessment for Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

4/17/12 77 FR 22761
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Notice of Intent to Prepare a DEIS for Expansion of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: NOAA seeks comments on the consideration of a proposal to expand Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

4/12/12 77 FR 21878
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Overflight Regulations for the Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, Gulf of the Farallones, and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuaries
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Description: NOAA has published revised regulations for the Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, Gulf of the Farallones, and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuaries, that require that motorized aircraft maintain certain minimum altitudes above specified locations within the boundaries of the listed sanctuaries. In addition, the regulations state that failure to comply with these altitude limits is presumed to disturb marine mammals and seabirds and is a violation of the sanctuary regulations.

1/26/12 77 FR 3919
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Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary Regulatory Revisions - Extension of Public Comment Period
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Description: : On October 21, 2011, NOAA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to revise the regulations for the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary (76 FR 65566). This notice re-opens the public comment period stated in that proposed rule until March 9, 2012.

1/26/12 77 FR 3646
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Research Area Within Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary; Notice of Effective Date
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Description: NOAA is announcing the regulations published on October 14, 2011 (76 FR 63824) became effective on December 4, 2011.

12/14/11 76 FR 77670
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Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Regulations, Final Management Plan and Environmental Assessment
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Description: NOAA published a final rule and a final revised management plan for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. This final rule revises the regulations to prohibit wastewater discharges from cruise ships; updates the language referring to tribal welfare considerations when issuing permits; corrects the size of the sanctuary based on new area estimates (without revising the sanctuary's actual boundaries). An environmental assessment was developed for this action.

11/1/11 76 FR 67348
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Expansion of Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Regulatory Changes, and Sanctuary Name Change
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Description: NOAA is soliciting public comment on the proposed rule to add five additional discrete geographical areas to the sanctuary and change the name of the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary to the American Samoa National Marine Sanctuary. NOAA also proposes to amend existing sanctuary regulations and apply these regulations to activities in the sanctuary. Comments will be considered if received on or before January 6, 2012.

10/21/2011 76 FR 65566
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Research Area Within Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is creating a research area within Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS, or sanctuary). A research area is a region specifically designed for conducting controlled scientific studies in the absence of certain human activities that could affect the results. NOAA is prohibiting fishing, diving, and stopping a vessel in the research area.

10/14/2011 76 FR 63824
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Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; National Marine Sanctuary Permits
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Description: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

9/27/2011 76 FR 59660
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Final Policy and Permit Guidance for Submarine Cable Projects
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Description: The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) has developed final policy and permitting guidance for submarine cable projects proposed in national marine sanctuaries. This action identifies the criteria the ONMS will use to ensure that applications to install and maintain submarine cables in sanctuaries are reviewed consistently and in a manner that adheres to the National Marine Sanctuaries Act and ONMS regulations (15 CFR Part 922).

9/15/2011 76 FR 56973
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Environmental Impact Statement; Notice of Availability - Gray's Reef Research Area
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Description: Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Research Areas Designation, Establishing a Research Area in Grayĺs Reef National Marine Sanctuary (EIS No. 20110280).

8/26/2011 76 FR 53453
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Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Regulatory Revisions - Extension of Public Comment Period
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Description: On January 14, 2011, NOAA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to revise the regulations for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (76 FR 2611). This notice extends the public comment period stated in that proposed rule by an additional 10 days, until March 25, 2011.

2/4/2011 76 FR 6368
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Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Regulations Revisions
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Description: NOAA has released a proposed rule to revise regulations in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary as a result of the management plan review process. Comments on the proposed rule will be considered if received on or before March 25, 2011. **Note that the Federal Register incorrectly states that the comment period closes on March 15, 2011, and will post a correction notice in the near future.

1/14/2011 76 FR 2611
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Amendments to National Marine Sanctuary Regulations Regarding Low Overflights in Designated Zones; Extension of public comment period.
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Description: NOAA is soliciting public comment on the proposed rule to amend sanctuary regulations regarding low overflights in Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, Gulf of the Farallones, and Olympic Coast national marine sanctuaries. The public comment period on the proposed rule published at 75 FR 76319, December 8, 2010, will be extended an additional 30 days from the original due date of January 7, 2011. Comments will be accepted through February 7, 2011.

1/4/2011 76 FR 294
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Amendments to National Marine Sanctuary Regulations Regarding Low Overflights in Designated Zones
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Description: NOAA is soliciting public comment on the proposed rule to amend sanctuary regulations regarding low overflights in Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, Gulf of the Farallones, and Olympic Coast national marine sanctuaries. Comments will be considered if received on or before January 7, 2011.

12/8/2010 75 FR 76319
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Marine Sanitation Device Discharge Regulations for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has released a final rule amending the regulations for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (sanctuary) by eliminating the exemption that allows discharges from within the boundary of the sanctuary of biodegradable effluent incidental to vessel use and generated by marine sanitation devices (MSDs), and by requiring that MSDs be secured to prevent discharges of treated and untreated sewage. An environmental assessment with a Finding of No Significant Impact has been prepared for this action.

11/26/2010 75 FR 72655
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Proposed rule for Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: NOAA proposes to amend the regulations for the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary to improve vessel and user safety, protect sanctuary resources from user impacts, clarify vessel pollution discharge language, and make other technical changes and corrections.

10/22/2010 75 FR 65256
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Draft Environmental Assessment for Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Permit Application Project Titled: Fine Scale, Long-Term Tracking of Adult White Sharks; Notice of Availability; Request for Public Comment
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Description: NOAA is soliciting public comment on the draft environmental assessment for a Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Permit Application for White Shark Research. Comments will be considered if received on or before October 15, 2010.

9/30/2010 75 FR 60407
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Proposed Research Area Within the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: NOAA is soliciting public comment on the proposed rule to create a research area within the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. A draft environmental impact statement was also prepared. Comments will be considered if received on or before December 13, 2010.

9/14/2010 75 FR 55692
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Gulf of the Farallones, Monterey Bay and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Technical Corrections
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Description: On November 20, 2008, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a final rule in the Federal Register for the Gulf of the Farallones, Monterey Bay and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries (referred to jointly as the joint management plan review or JMPR). Some sets of coordinates in that final rule contained technical errors or omissions that need to be corrected for the zones to be properly mapped. Other minor corrections are also included in this rule.

9/1/2010 75 FR 53567
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EPA Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
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Description: This document describes the methods typically used to implement restoration in response to physical injuries in both Flower Gardens and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaries.

8/27/2010 75 FR 52736
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Initiation of Review of Management Plan/Regulations of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary; Intent To Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan; Scoping Meetings
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Description: ONMS is initiating a review of the HIHWNMS management plan and is organizing public scoping meetings to gather information and input on the scope, types and significance of issues related to the sanctuary's management plan and regulations.

7/14/2010 75 FR 40759
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Intent To Initiate Consultation and Coordinate the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Responsibilities Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) With the Ongoing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process Supporting the Review of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Management Plan
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Description: This document expresses NOAA's intent to conduct consultation under Section 106 of the NHPA in conjunction with Review of Management Plan/ Regulations and associated NEPA public process.

4/27/2010 75 FR 22047
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Technical Correction for Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Regulations on the Use of Spearfishing Gear
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Description: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a document in the Federal Register on February 19, 2010 (75 FR 7361) on the use and possession of spearfishing gear in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. That document was inadvertently missing a word in 922.92(a)(11)(iii). This document corrects the final regulations by revising that section.

2/19/2010 Correction
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Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Regulations on the Use of Spearfishing Gear
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Description: NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has released a final rule to prohibit the use of spearfishing gear in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Possession of spearfishing gear is also prohibited except for vessels passing through the sanctuary without interruption, and only when the gear is stowed and not available for immediate use. An environmental assessment was developed for this action.

2/19/2010 75 FR 7361
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Marine Sanitation Device Discharge Regulations for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: NOAA proposes to amend the regulations implementing the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS or sanctuary) to eliminate the exemption that allows discharges of biodegradable effluent incidental to vessel use and generated by marine sanitation devices, and to require marine sanitation devices be locked to prevent discharges.

11/16/2009 74 FR 58923
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Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries Regulations on Introduced Species
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Description: NOAA is soliciting public comment on a proposed rule to revise regulations on introduced species into the Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay national marine sanctuaries. In response to a letter from the Governor of California, NOAA is proposing to modify its regulations to except all State-permitted aquaculture activities in the two sanctuaries. Comments must be received by November 16, 2009.

10/1/2009 74 FR 50740
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Final Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary: Notice of Public Availability
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Description: In accordance with section 304(e) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, NOAA is releasing the Final Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

8/24/2009 74 FR 42651
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Changes to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Technical Corrections and Minor Substantive Changes
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Description: NOAA publishes this final rule for certain regulations for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. This final rule makes technical corrections and modifications to several areas in the regulations.

7/31/2009 74 FR 38092
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Notice of Availability of the Draft Monument Natural Resources Science Plan; Announcement of Public Meetings; Request for Comments.
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Description: This notice advises the public that NOAA, FWS, and the State of Hawai'i's Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs have prepared a draft monument natural resources science plan for the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The plan describes the monument's ongoing and proposed research activities and is available for public review and comment. Two public meetings are scheduled, and comments will be considered if received on or before August 10, 2009.

7/10/2009 74 FR 33209
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Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Interim Policy and Permit Guidance for Submarine Cable Projects
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Description: NOAA is proposing interim policy and permit guidance for submarine cable projects proposed in national marine sanctuaries. This action identifies the criteria the ONMS will use to ensure that applications to install and maintain submarine cables in sanctuaries are reviewed consistently and in a manner that adheres to the National Marine Sanctuaries Act and ONMS regulations (15 CFR part 922).

4/21/2009 74 FR 18169
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Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Notice of Effective Date
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Description: NOAA published a final revised management plan and revised regulations for the Gulf of the Farallones, Monterey Bay, and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries (GFNMS, MBNMS and CBNMS, respectively) on November 20, 2008 (73 FR 70488). Under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, the final regulations automatically take effect after 45 days of continuous session of Congress beginning on November 20, 2008. During that interim, we received an objection from the Governor of California concerning provisions that would have prohibited introduction of introduced species in the state waters of GFNMS and MBNMS. Through this notice, NOAA is announcing the regulations for the CBNMS and GFNMS became effective on March 9, 2009 in their entirety; and the regulations for the MBNMS also became effective on March 9, 2009, except the one prohibiting the introduction of introduced species in the state waters of MBNMS.

3/23/2009 74 FR 12088
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Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Notice of Effective Date
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Description: NOAA published a final revised management plan and revised regulations for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) January 16, 2009 (74 FR 3216). Under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, the final regulations automatically take effect after 45 days of continuous session of Congress beginning on January 16, 2009. This document provides notice of the effective date, March 19, 2009.

3/23/2009 74 FR 12087
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Changes to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Technical Corrections and Minor Substantive Changes
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Description: Correction to preamble of proposed rule for technical corrections and minor substantive revisions to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary regulations and extension of public comment period.

3/5/2009 74 FR 9574
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Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Regulations on the Use of Spearfishing Gear
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Description: NOAA is soliciting public comment on the proposed rule to regulate the use of spearfishing gear in the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. A draft environmental assessment was also prepared. Comments will be considered if received on or before May 4, 2009.

3/4/2009 74 FR 9378
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Draft Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary: Notice of Public Availability and Meetings
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Description: NOAA is soliciting public comment on the draft management plan and draft environmental assessment for Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Comments on the draft management plan and draft environmental impact statement will be accepted through April10, 2009.

2/24/2009 74 FR 8231
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Initiation of Review of Management Plan/Regulations of the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary; Intent to Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan; Scoping Meetings
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Description: ONMS is initiating a review of the FBNMS management plan and to conduct public scoping meetings to gather information and input on the scope, types and significance of issues related to the sanctuary's management plan and regulations, and possible site expansion (including expansion to include the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument designated on January 6, 2009).

1/30/2009 74 FR 5641
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Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has published a rule to finalize the regulations for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. This final rule revises the regulations to implement several new prohibitions, makes additional changes to the grammar and wording of several sections of the regulations to ensure clarity, and publishes the sanctuary's revised terms of designation.

1/16/2009 74 FR 3216
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Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Hawai'i
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Description: : The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Management Plan and environmental assessment are available. NOAA and Fish and Wildlife Service developed separate findings of no significant impact to address each agency's Marine Mammal Protection Act findings. These are also available.

1/5/2009 74 FR 313
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Technical corrections and minor substantive changes to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary regulations.
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Description: : Technical corrections and minor substantive revisions to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary regulations.

12/19/2008 73 FR 77557
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Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Management Plan, Implementation, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, CA.
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Description: : NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has published the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) as part of the management plan implementation for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), NOAA's 30-day wait period will end on January 5, 2009.

12/5/2008 73 FR 74170
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Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Proclamation Provisions
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Description: NOAA and the USFWS finalize regulations that establish a ship reporting system for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Effective date is January 2, 2009.

12/3/2008 73 FR 73592
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Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Final rule as part of the Joint Management Plan Review (JMPR) for the Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones, and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries.

11/20/2008 73 FR 70488
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Initiation of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Management Plan Review: Notice of Public Scoping Meetings
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Description: NOAA is holding five scoping meetings in early December 2008 to solicit public comments and to identify issues for the continued management of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

11/13/2008 73 FR 67135
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Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability, Cordell
Bank, Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries Final Environmental Impact Statement

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Description: NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has published the Final environmental impact statement (FEIS) as part of the Joint Management Plan Review (JMPR) for the Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones, and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries. NOAA's 30-day cooling off period will end on October 26, 2008.

9/26/2008 73 FR 55842
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Initiation of Review of Management Plan/Regulations of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary; Intent To Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan; Scoping Meetings
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Description: ONMS is initiating a review of the OCNMS management plan and is organizing public scoping meetings to gather information and input on the scope, types and significance of issues related to the sanctuary's management plan and regulations.

9/15/2008 73 FR 53161
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Conducting Consultations Pursuant to Section 304(d) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act
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Description: NOAA solicits comments on the development of regulations implementing certain aspects of section 304(d) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. NOAA is accepting public comments through October 31, 2008.

8/26/2008 73 FR 50259
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Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Hawaii
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Description: Notice of extension of the public comment period for the draft monument management plan and environmental assessment.

7/11/2008 73 FR 39951
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Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Proclamation Provisions
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Description: NOAA and the USFWS are proposing regulations to establish a ship reporting system for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Accepting public comments through August 6, 2008 (30 days).

7/7/2008 73 FR 38375
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Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
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Description: Notice of Availability of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Coral Restoration in Florida Keys and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuaries (EIS No. 20080219).

6/6/2008 73 FR 32331
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Draft Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary: Notice of Public Availability and Meetings
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Description: In accordance with section 304(e) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, as amended, (NMSA) NOAA is soliciting public comment on the draft management plan and environmental assessment for the Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen bank National Marine Sanctuary

5/6/2008 73 FR 24952
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Amendment to Discharge Regulations in the Gulf of the Farallones, Monterey Bay, and Cordell Banks National Marine Sanctuaries
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Description: The rule would prohibit discharge of treated waste from vessels 300 gross registered tons or more within the sanctuaries.

5/5/2008 73 FR 24666
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Notice of Availability of Draft Management Plan and Environmental Assessment and Announcement of Public Meetings for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

4/23/2008 73 FR 21975
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Establishment of Marine Reserves and a Marine Conservation Area Within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Closes the record on NOAA's decision with on state waters of the Sanctuary and responds to comments NOAA received on that issue.

4/17/2008 73 FR 20869
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Revisions to Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: This proposed rule addresses treated sewage and graywater discharges from vessels 300 gross registered tons or greater in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

3/28/2008 73 FR 16580
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Revisions to Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones, and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: This proposed rule addresses treated sewage discharges from vessels 300 gross registered tons or greater in the Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones, and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries, and in the case of Monterey Bay limits graywater discharges.

3/27/2008 73 FR 16224
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Environmental Impact Statements and Regulations; Notice of availability
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Description: Provides notice of a draft supplement for Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones, and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries.

3/21/2008 73 FR 15153
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Publication of the New U.S. World Heritage Tentative List: 15-Day Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment on Proposed Initial U.S. Nominations to the World Heritage List.
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Description: This notice constitutes the official publication of the new U.S. World Heritage Tentative List and provides a First Notice for the public to comment on proposed initial U.S. nominations from the new Tentative List to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

3/19/2008 73 FR 14835
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Notice of Intent to Prepare a DEIS for Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Notice of Intent to initiate public scoping and notice that Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is preparing a draft EIS on the concept of a research area in the sanctuary.

3/5/2008 73 FR 11886
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Establishment of Marine Reserves and a Marine Conservation Area Within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary; Announcement of Effective Date
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Description: Announcement confirms the effective date of the final rule for this conservation area, published on May 24, 2007 (72 FR 29208), took effect on July 29, 2007.

8/14/2007 72 FR 45320
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Establishment of Marine Reserves and a Marine Conservation Area Within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary; Final Rule
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Description: Issues final regulations to establish marine reserves and a marine conservation area in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

5/24/2007 72 FR 29208
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Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
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Description: Provides notice of the availability of the final environmental impact statement for the establishment of marine reserves and marine conservation areas in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

4/20/2007 72 FR 19928
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Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Announcement of Effective Date
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Description: Provides notice of February 16, 2007 effective date for the revised regulations for the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

3/19/2007 72 FR 12729
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Proclamation 8112 of February 28, 2007 Amending Proclamation 8031 of June 15, 2006, To Read, "Establishment of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument"
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Description: Renames the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument as the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

3/6/2007 72 FR 10031
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Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument; Correction
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Description: Technical correction to the joint regulations for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument.

2/7/2007 72 FR 5642
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Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Final revised management plan and revised regulations for the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

10/12/2006 71 FR 60055
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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Draft revised management plan, revised Designation Document and revised regulations for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

10/6/2006 71 FR 59050
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Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Draft revised management plan and revised regulations for the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

10/6/2006 71 FR 59338
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Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Draft revised management plan and revised regulations for Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

10/6/2006 71 FR 59039
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Consideration of Marine Reserves and Marine Conservation Areas Within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Corrections to figures published 8/11/2006 pertaining to the current size of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

10/5/2006 71 FR 58767
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Initiation of Review of Management Plan/Regulations of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary; Intent To Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan; Scoping Meetings
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Description: ONMS is initiating a review of the FGBNMS management plan and is organizing public scoping meetings to gather information and input on the scope, types and significance of issues related to the sanctuary's management plan and regulations.

9/7/2006 71 FR 52757
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Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument
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Description: Correction of an e-mail address in the 8/29/2006 final regulations for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument.

9/7/2006 71 FR 52874
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Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument
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Description: Final joint regulations for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument.

8/29/2006 71 FR 51134
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Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability
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Description: Provides notice of availability of a draft environmental impact statement for the establishment of no-take and limited-take marine zones in the Channel Islands NMS.

8/11/2006 71 FR 46220
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Consideration of Marine Reserves and Marine Conservation Areas Within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Proposed a regulation to establish no-take and limited-take marine zones within the Channel Islands NMS.

8/11/2006 71 FR 46134
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Vessel Monitoring Systems; Approved Mobile Transmitting Unit for Vessels Issued Permits to Operate in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument
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Description: Provides list of approved vessel monitoring systems devices for vessel operation within the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument.

7/14/2006 71 FR 40080
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Proclamation 8031 Establishment of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument
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Description: Presidential proclamation 8031 establishes the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument.

6/26/2006 71 FR 36441
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Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability
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Description: Notice of availability of a draft environmental impact statement for the Channel Islands NMS management plan review and regulations revision.

5/19/2006 71 FR 29148
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Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Proposed revision to the Channel Islands NMS regulations resulting from management plan review.

5/19/2006 71 FR 29096
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Final Notice of Applicability of Special Use Permit Requirements to Certain Categories of Activities Conducted Within the National Marine Sanctuary System
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Description: Amends the list of categories of activites subject to the special use permitting requirements of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.

1/30/2006 71 FR 4898
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Notice of Indirect Cost Rates for the National Marine Sanctuary Program
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Description: Announces the establishment of indirect cost rates and a policy on the recovery of indirect costs for its involvement in natural resource damage assessment and restoration activities.

12/31/2003 68 FR 75492
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Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Proposes to amend the regulations for the Gray's Reef NMS to incorporate changes resulting from a review of the management plan for Gray's Reef NMS.

10/31/2003 68 FR 62033
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Amendments to the Area To Be Avoided Off The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Amends the existing Area to be Avoided off the Washington Coast to include all vessels of 1,600 gross tons and above solely in transit in accordance with the International Maritime Organization╠s adoption of MSC 75/24, para 6.7.4 on May 29, 2002.

11/27/2002 67 FR 70933
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Fair Market Value Analysis for a Fiber Optic Cable Permit in National Marine Sanctuaries
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Description: Notice is given of the availability of the subject final report, which describes the methodology by which NOAA will assess fair market value for submarine cables in national marine sanctuaries.

8/28/2002 67 FR 55201
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Notice of Applicability of Special Use Permit Requirements to Certain Categories of Activities Conducted Within the National Marine Sanctuary System.
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Description: Provides notice of the applicability of the special use permitting requirements of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act to certain categories of activities in accordance with the 2000 amendments to the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (PL 106-513).

5/20/2002 67 FR 35501
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Revisions to Anchoring Prohibitions in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Amends the anchoring regulations for the Flower Garden Banks NMS to conform the regulations to anchoring prohibitions adopted by the International Maritime Organization, at its December 6, 2000 meeting.

11/21/2001 66 FR 58370
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Fair market Value for a Submarine Cable Permit in National Marine Sanctuaries
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Description: Extends the public comment period on the fair market value analysis for submarine cables in NMSs by 15 days until October 16, 2001.

9/28/2001 66 FR 49576
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Regulation of the Operation of Motorized Personal Watercraft in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Final rule banning the use of motorized personal watercraft in the Gulf of the Farallones NMS.

9/10/2001 66 FR 46942
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Fair Market Value analysis for a Submarine Cable Permit in National Marine Sanctuaries
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Description: Reopends the comment period on the fair market value analysis for submarine cables within NMSs for an additional 45 days until October 1, 2001.

8/17/2001 66 FR 43135
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Amendment to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Regulations Revising the Boundary of the Northernmost Area To Be Avoided Off the Coast of Florida
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Description: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Final Rule

6/29/2001 66 FR 34533
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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Announcement of Effective Date in Florida State Waters
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Description: Announces the July 1, 2001 effective date for the final regulations expanding the boundary of the Florida Keys NMS to include the Tortugas Ecological Reserve in State waters.

6/22/2001 66 FR 33462
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Revisions to Anchoring Prohibitions in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Proposes to amend the anchoring regulations for the Flower Garden Banks NMS to conform the regulations to anchoring prohibitions adopted by the International Maritime Organization, at its December 6, 2000 meeting.

5/21/2001 66 FR 26822
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Amendments to the Area To Be Avoided Off the Olympic CoastNational Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Provides public notice of NOAA╠s intent to request the International Maritime Organization to extend the the existing area to be avoided off the Washington Coast to include all vessels of 1,600 gross tons and above solely in transit and to increase the size of the ATBA to reflect changes in the adjacent Strait of Juan de Fuca traffic separation scheme.

3/29/2001 66 FR 17156
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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Announcement of Effective Date
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Description: Announces the March 8, 2001 effective date for the final regulations expanding the boundary of the Florida Keys NMS to include the Tortugas Ecological Reserve in Federal waters.

3/23/2001 66 FR 16120
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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Final Rule
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Description: Final rule expands the boundary of the Florida Keys NMS to include the Tortugas Ecological Reserve and issues regulations for the added area.

1/17/2001 66 FR 4267
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Fair Market Value Analysis for a Fiber Optic Cable Permit in National Marine Sanctuaries
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Description: Provides notice of availability of a fair market value anlysis done concerning the issuance of permits for submarine cables within NMSs.

1/5/2001 66 FR 1092
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Boundary Changes in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary; Addition of Stetson Bank and Technical Corrections; Final Rule
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Description: Modifes the boundaries for the Flower Garden Banks NMS to include Stetson Bank, which was added to the Flower Garden Banks NMS by Congress through the 1996 amendments to the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (PL 104-283).

12/22/2000 65 FR 81175
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Installing and Maintaining Commercial Submarine Cables in National Marine Sanctuaries
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Description: Reopends the comment period on the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking on installing fiber optic cables within NMSs (65 FR 51264) for an additional 15 days.

11/24/2000 65 FR 70537
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Amendment to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Regulations Revising the Boundary of the Northernmost Area To Be Avoided Off the Coast of Florida
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Description: Proposes to amend the boundaries of the Florida Keys NMS area to be avoided to increase saftey of shipping in the region of the upper Keys.

11/22/2000 65 FR 70324
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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve Regulations; Correction and Announcement of Effective Date
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Description: Makes a technical correction to the regulations for the Thunder Bay NMS and Underwater Preserve and provides notice of the September 25, 2000 effective date for those regulations.

10/10/2000 65 FR 60096
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Installing and Maintaining Commercial Submarine Cables in National Marine Sanctuaries
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Description: Publishes an advanced noticed of the regulation of fiber optic cable installation, maitenance, and removal within NMS.

8/23/2000 65 FR 51264
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Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve Regulations; Final Rule
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Description: Designates the Thunder Bay NMS and Underwater Preserve along with final implementing regulations and designation document.

6/22/2000 65 FR 39041
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Correction to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Amends the Paperwork Reduction Act language of the proposed rule to expand the boudnaries of the Florida Keys NMS to include the Tortugas Ecological Reserve to include information about the certification burden estimate.

6/6/2000 65 FR 35871
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Regulation of the Operation of Motorized Personal Watercraft in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Withdraws the previous proposed rule that proposed to ban the use of motorized personal watercraft within 1000 yards of the shoreline (64 FR 19945) in the Gulf of the Farallones NMS. This notice proposes to ban the use of motorized personal watercraft within the entire Gulf of the Farallones NMS.

5/22/2000 65 FR 32048
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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Proposed Rule
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Description: Proposes to expand the boundary of the Florida Keys NMS to include the Tortugas Ecological Reserve and proposes regulations for the Tortugas Ecological Reserve.

5/18/2000 65 FR 31632
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Hawaiian Islands humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Modifies the regulations for the Hawaiian Islands NMS in response to State of Hawaii concerns and comments. This notice also provides notice of the December 29, 1999 effective date for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale NMS regulations.

11/29/1999 64 FR 66566
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Initiation of Review of Management Plan/Regulations of the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary; Intent To Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan; Scoping Meetings
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Description: Initiating process to revise the management plan for Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

11/19/1999 64 FR 63262
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Announcement of Thunder Bay (MI) as an Active Candidate for Designation as a National Marine Sanctuary; Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan
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Description: Withdraws the Northwest Straits from consideration as an Active Candidate for designation as a National Marine Sanctuary. Congress directed NOAA to prepare a designation prospectus on Northwest Straits in 1988 and the site became an Active Candidate. For reasons related to designation guidance contained in the 1996 reauthorization of the National Marine Sanctuary Act (NMSA), the findings of a Congressionally-convened Northwest Straits Citizens Advisory Commission, and limited agency resources, NOAA is discontinuing consideration of the site for possible designation as a national marine sanctuary.

9/15/1999 64 FR 50061
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Regulation of the Operation of Motorized Personal Watercraft in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Further extends the comments period for the proposed regulation to ban the use of motorized personal watercraft in the Gulf of the Farallones NMS until July 21, 1999.

6/30/1999 64 FR 35102
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Initiation of Review of Management Plan/Regulations of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary; Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan; Scoping Meetings
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Description: Provide notice of intent to prepare a draft environmental impact statement to revise the regulations and management plan for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

6/11/1999 64 FR 31528
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Regulation of the Operation of Motorized Personal Watercraft in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Further extends the comments period for the proposed regulation to ban the use of motorized personal watercraft in the Gulf of the Farallones NMS until July 1, 1999.

6/9/1999 64 FR 30929
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Regulation of the Operation of Motorized Personal Watercraft in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Announces the date of a public hearing and extends the public comment period for the proposed regulation to ban the use of motorized personal watercraft in the Gulf of the Farallones NMS.

5/20/1999 64 FR 27484
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Regulation of the Operation of Motorized Personal Watercraft in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Proposes a regulation banning the use of motorized personal watercraft within 1,000 yards of shore within the Gulf of the Farallones NMS.

4/23/1999 64 FR 19945
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National Marine Sanctuary Program Regulations; Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Anchoring on Tortugas Bank
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Description: Amends the regulations for the Florida Keys NMS to reinstate and make permanent the temporary prohibition on anchoring by vessels 50 meters or greater in registered length on Tortugas Bank.

8/17/1998 63 FR 43870
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Jade Collection in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; Confirmation of Effective Date
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Description: Provides notice of July 6, 1998 effective date for jade collection rule.

7/6/1998 63 FR 36339
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Jade Collection in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Issues a final regulation allowing for limited collection of jad within the Monterey Bay NMS.

3/30/1998 63 FR 15083
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Point Reyes/Farallon Islands National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Amends the notice changing the name of Point Reyes/Farallon Islands NMS to the Gulf of the Farallones NMS (62 FR 3788) to also change the acronym throughout part 922 from PRNMS to GFNMS.

12/30/1997 62 FR 67723
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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Final Regulations
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Description: Modifies the regulations for the Florida Keys NMS published on January 30, 1997 to clarify changes to the general NMSP regulations on permitting.

12/17/1997 62 FR 66003
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Notice of Settlement Agreement on the R/V Columbus Iselin Grounding Between the United States on Behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Miami
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Description: Settlement Agreement to settle claims of damage to sanctuary resources form the grounding of R/V COLUMBUS ISELIN in the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary.

12/5/1997 62 FR 64360
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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Amends the regulations for the Monterey Bay NMS to allow the delegation of the authority to object to or impose terms or conditions on the exercise of any valid lease, permit, license, approval or other authorization issued after January 1, 1993 (the effective date of the MBNMS designation) from the Director of the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (Director) to other Federal officials below the Director's level; for example, the Sanctuary Manager.

11/25/1997 62 FR 62693
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Temporary Rule Prohibiting Anchoring by Vessels 50 Meters or Greater in Length on Tortugas Bank within Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Temporarily (October 17, 1997 through February 12, 1998) prohibits anchoring of vessels greater than 50 meters in length on Tortugas Bank within the Florida Keys NMS.

10/20/1997 62 FR 54381
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Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Boater/Diver Survey.
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Description: Invitation for general public and other Federal agencies to comment on collections of information.

9/5/1997 62 FR 46949
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National Marine Sanctuary Program
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Description: Removes Norfolk Canyon from the active candidates list for designation as a NMS. Also retains the site remains on the SEL.

8/26/1997 62 FR 45233
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Operation of Motorized Personal Watercraft in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Soliciting information pertaining to the operation of motorized personal watercraft in the area of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

8/21/1997 62 FR 44427
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Jade Collection in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; Public Hearing
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Description: Provides notice of a July 30, 1997 public hearing on the Jade collection proposed rule.

7/15/1997 62 FR 37818
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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; Supplemental Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: Commercial Treasure Salvors
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Description: Provides notice of availability of the supplemental Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for Florida Keys NMS designation concerning treasure salvage.

7/9/1997 62 FR 36655
(pdf, 28K)
Jade Collection in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Small correction to previously published rule.

6/25/1997 62 FR 34342
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Proposed Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Proposes to designate the Thunder Bay NMS along with proposed implementing regulaitons, designation document, and management plan.

6/23/1997 62 FR 33768
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Jade Collection in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Proposes a regulation to allow for limited jade collection in the Monterey Bay NMS.

6/13/1997 62 FR 32246
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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Final Rule
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Description: Modifies the regulations for the Florida Keys NMS in response to State of Florida concerns and comments. This notice also provides notice of the July 1, 1997 effective date for the Florida Keys NMS regulations.

6/12/1997 62 FR 32154
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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Issues final regulations and management plan for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale NMS which was designated by Congress under the Hawaiian Islands National Marine Sanctuary Act in 1992.

3/28/1997 62 FR 14799
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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; Final Rule
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Description: Issues final regulations and management plan for the Florida Keys NMS which was designated by Congress under the Flordia Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Protection Act in 1990. This notice also removes the regulations for Looe Key and Key Largo NMSs.

1/30/1997 62 FR 4578
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Point Reyes/Farallon Islands National Marine Sanctuary; Name Change
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Description: Changes the official name of the Point Reyes/Farallon Islands NMS to the Gulf of the Farallones NMS.

1/27/1997 62 FR 3788
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Regulation to Prohibit the Attraction of White Sharks in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Issues new regulation to prohibit the attraction of white sharks within 3 miles of shore in the Monterey Bay NMS.

12/19/1996 61 FR 66913
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Boundaries of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary; Correction
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Description: Corrects the boundary coordinates for Cordell Bank NMS.

10/3/1996 61 FR 51577
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Zones and Access Routes Within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Where the Operation of Motorized Personal Water Craft is Allowed
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Description: Clarifies and modifies the boundary of the motorized personal watercraft (jet ski) zones and access routes in Monterey Bay NMS.

4/4/1996 61 FR 14963
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Regulation to Prohibit the Attraction of White Sharks in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; Clarification of Exception to Discharge Prohibition; Public Hearing
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Description: Provides notice of a public hearing on the proposed rule to prohibit attracting white sharks within 3 miles of shore in the Monterey Bay NMS. The public hearing was held on Friday, March 1, 1996, at the El Grenada Elementary School, 400 Santiago Avenue, El Grenada, California.

2/15/1996 61 FR 5969
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Regulation to Prohibit the Attraction of White Sharks in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; Clarification of Exception to Discharge Prohibition
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Description: Proposes a regulation to prohibit the attraction of white sharks within three miles of shore in the Monterey Bay NMS.

2/12/1996 61 FR 5335
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Monitor National Marine Sanctuary; Notice of Intent to Issue a Special Use Permit; Request for Applications for Special Use Permit; Request for Comments; Correction
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Description: Notice of a correction of contact information and correct a statement that may have interpreted exclusion of larger vessels in association with the permit.

1/25/1996 61 FR 2230
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National Marine Sanctuary Program
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Description: Consolidates all NMSP regulations into 15 CFR part 922. Removes all other parts.

12/27/1995 60 FR 66875
(pdf, 120K)
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary; Notice of intent to issue a special use permit; request for applications for special use permit; request for comments.
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Description: NOAA seeks comment on issuing a three-year special use permit to a qualified dive concessionaire for non-intrusive dives at this site for a total of two (2) weeks (14 days) each year.

12/11/1995 60 FR 63508
(pdf, 36K)
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Proposed Rule
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Description: Proposes implementing regulations and a management plan for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale NMS, which was designated by Congress under the Hawaiian Islands National Marine Sanctuary Act in 1992.

9/15/1995 60 FR 47999
(pdf, 80K)
Jade Collection in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Advanced notice on a proposal to allow limited take of jade within the Monterey Bay NMS.

8/9/1995 60 FR 40540
(pdf, 28K)
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Proposed Regulations
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Description: Proposes implementing regulations and a management plan for the Florida Keys NMS, which was designated by Congress under the Flordia Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Protection Act in 1990.

3/30/1995 60 FR 16399
(pdf, 116K)
Restricting or Prohibiting Attracting Sharks by Chum or Other Means in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Advanced notice to consider the restriction or prohibition of attracting white sharks within the Monterey Bay NMS.

2/28/1995 60 FR 10812
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Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Adopts as final regulations without change the interim final portion of regulations implementing the designation of the Flower Garden Banks NMS, published on December 5, 1991 (56 FR 63634).

2/24/1995 60 FR 10312
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Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Corrects the boundary coordinates published in Appendix A to the regulations for Olympic Coast NMS.

2/17/1995 60 FR 9294
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Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Provides notice of the effective date for the regulations for the Stellwagen Bank NMS as March 20, 1994.

10/24/1994 59 FR 53348
(pdf, 568K)
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Confirmation of Effective Date
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Description: Provides notice of the effective date for the regulations for the Olympic Coast NMS as July 22, 1994.

10/7/1994 59 FR 51104
(pdf, 560K)
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Final Rule
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Description: Designates Olympic Coast NMS and issues final implementing regulations.

5/11/1994 59 FR 24586
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Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Provides notice of the effective date for the regulations for Flower Garden Banks NMS as January 18, 1994.

12/16/1993 58 FR 65664
(pdf, 576K)
National Marine Sanctuary Program
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Description: Final rule to modify the general NMSP regulations to implement the 1988 and 1992 amendments to the NMSA.

11/18/1993 58 FR 60778
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Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Designates Stellwagen Bank NMS and issues final implementing regulations.

10/19/1993 58 FR 53865
(pdf, 11MB)
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Provides notice of the effective date of the regulations for Monterey Bay NMS as January 1, 1993.

11/25/1992 57 FR 55444
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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; Final Rule
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Description: Designates Monterey Bay NMS and issues final implementing regulations.

9/18/1992 57 FR 43309
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Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Designates the Flower Garden Banks NMS issues a final rule. Some of the regulatory provisions were issued on an interim-final basis to allow for additional public comment.

12/5/1991 56 FR 63634
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Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Regulations and Public Hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Management Plan; Proposed Rule and Notice
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Description: Proposes to designate Olympic Coast NMS and proposes implementing regulations.

9/20/1991 56 FR 47836
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Announcement of Thunder Bay (MI) as an Active Candidate for Designation as a National Marine Sanctuary; Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan
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Description: Adds Thunder Bay to the List of Active Candidates.

7/15/1991 56 FR 32178
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Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary; Notice of Public Hearings and Proposed Rulemaking
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Description: Proposes to designate Stellwagen Bank NMS and proposes implementing regulations.

2/8/1991 56 FR 5282
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Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Clarifies the effective date of the regulations for Cordell Bank NMS as July 31, 1989.

12/4/1990 55 FR 49994
(pdf, 556K)
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; Regulations and Public Hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Management Plan; Proposed Rule and Notice
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Description: Proposes to designate Monterey Bay NMS and proposes implementing regulations.

8/3/1990 55 FR 31786
(pdf, 8MB)
Area To Be Avoided Off the Coast of Florida
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Description: Notifies the public that the Coast Guard had submitted a proposal to the International Maritime Organization to establish for an Area to be Avoided off the Florida Keys. ATBA applies to vessels greater than 50 meters in length.

5/9/1990 55 FR 19418
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Announcement of the Decision to Consider New Sites for Addition to the National Marine Sanctuary Program Site Evaluation List
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Description: Revises and updates the Site Evaluation List and adds sites to it.

12/28/1989 54 FR 53432
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Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Revises the regulations for Cordell Bank NMS prohibit oil, gas, and minerals exploration/development throughout the sanctuary.

12/21/1989 54 FR 52342
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Announcement of Washington State Nearshore (Northern Puget Sound) as an Active Candidate for National Marine Sanctuary Designation; Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan; Intent to Hold Public Scoping Meetings
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Description: Annoucnes Washington State Nearshore (Northern Puget Sounds) as an active candidate for NMS designation and NOAA's intent to prepare an EIS and management plan.

10/10/1989 54 FR 41481
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Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Issues final designation and regulations for Corell Bank NMS.

5/24/1989 54 FR 22417
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Announcement of Stellwagen Bank (MA) as an Active Candidate for Designation as a National Marine Sanctuary; Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan; Public Scoping Meetings
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Description: Places Stellwagen Bank on the List of Active Candidates and begins the process to designate it as a NMS.

4/19/1989 54 FR 15787
(pdf, 4.9MB)
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Proposes to designate Flower Garden Banks NMS along with proposed implementing regulations.

2/24/1989 54 FR 7953
(pdf, 4.9MB)
Announcement of Monterey Bay, CA As An Active Candidate for National Marine Sanctuary Designation; Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan; Intent to Hold Public Scoping Meetings on the Proposal To Designate Monterey Bay as a National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: By direction of Congress (P.L. 100-627), NOAA adds Monterey Bay to the List of Active Candidates and bgins the process to designate it as a NMS.

1/6/1989 54 FR 448
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National Marine Sanctuary Program Regulations; Final Rule
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Description: Revises NMSP general regulations to reflect Marine Sanctuaries Amendments Act of 1984 (P.L. 98-498). The changes include revised criteria for eligibility of sites for NMS designation and procedures for NMS designation.

10/28/1988 53 FR 43801
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Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Proposes to designate Cordell Bank NMS along with proposed implementing regulations.

8/28/1987 52 FR 32563
(pdf, 3.5MB)
National Marine Sanctuary Program Regulations
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Description: Proposes revisions to the NMSP general regulations to implement the National Marine Sanctuary Amendments of 1884 (PL 98-498). The proposed changes include revised criteria for eligibility of sites for NMS designation and procedures for NMS designation.

6/12/1986 51 FR 21369
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Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Issues final designation of Fagatele Bay NMS along with final implementing regulations.

4/29/1986 51 FR 15878
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Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan for a Possible National Marine Sanctuary of Norfolk Canyon; Announcement of Norfolk Canyon as an Active Candidate and Suspension of Ten Fathom Ledge/Big Rock From Consideration as a National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Adds Norfolk Canyon to the List of Active Candidates and drops Ten Fathom Ledge/Big Rock due to backlog of active candidates.

2/28/1986 51 FR 7097
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Announcement of Preliminary Consultation on Two Potential Sites for Designation as National Marine Sanctuaries
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Description: Announces the possible designation of Norfolk Canyon (VA) and Ten Fathom Ledge/Big Rock (NC)

9/17/1985 50 FR 37760
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Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Proposes to designate Fagatele Bay NMS along with proposed implementing regulations.

12/4/1984 49 FR 47415
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Information Clearance for Designated National Marine Sanctuaries
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Description: Makes minor changes to the permitting regulations for designated NMSs to include language indicating that the information collection requirements have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act (approval number 0648-0141).

4/4/1984 49 FR 13335
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Civil Procedures; Permit Sanctions and Denials
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Description: Establishes procedures for sanctioning permits issued by many programs within NOAA (including NMSP).

1/6/1984 49 FR 1037
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Decision to Remove the Proposed Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary from the List of Active Candidates
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Description: Removes Monterey Bay from the List of Active Candidates.

12/20/1983 48 FR 56252
(pdf, 2.9MB)
Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: Makes final minor changes to the interim-final regulations for Key Largo NMS.

12/9/1983 48 FR 55117
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Announcement of National Marine Sanctuary Program Final Site Evaluation List
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Description: Publishes notice of the final list of marine sites (the Site Evaluation List) that will provide the pool from which NOAA will select candidates for designation as NMSs.

8/4/1983 48 FR 35568
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Announcement of Cordell Bank as an Active Candidate for National Marine Sanctuary Designation
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Description: Adds Cordell Bank, off the coast of California, to the List of Active Candidates.

6/30/1983 48 FR 30178
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National Marine Sanctuary Program Regulations
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Description: Publishes the final rule to modify the procedure for identifying and selecting potential marine sanctuary candidates, as well as for designating these sites as national marine sanctuaries.

5/31/1983 48 FR 24295
(pdf, 6.2MB)
La Parguera National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Proposes to designate the La Parguera National Marine Sanctuary off of the coast of Puerto Rico. Proposed regulations and designation document included.

3/4/1983 48 FR 9286
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Announcement of Proposed National Marine Sanctuary Program Site Evaluation List
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Description: Proposes a list of sites (called the Site Evaluation List) that will provide the pool from which NOAA will select sites to evaluate as candidates for designation as NMSs.

3/1/1983 48 FR 8527
(pdf, 3.5MB)
Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Proposes to make minor changes to the regulations for Key Largo NMS.

12/17/1982 47 FR 56506
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National Marine Sanctuary Program Regulations
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Description: Proposes to modify the procedure for identifying and selecting potential marine sanctuary candidates, as well as for designating these sites as national marine sanctuaries.

9/7/1982 47 FR 39191
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Channel Islands and Point Reyes-Farallon Islands National Marine Sanctuaries: Hydrocarbon Prohibition Effective
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Description: Provides the effective date for regulations on oil and gas activities for the Point Reyes-Farallon Islands and Channel Islands NMSs as March 30, 1982.

4/30/1982 47 FR 18588
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Placement of Fagatele Bay, American Samoa, on the Marine Sanctuary List of Recommended Areas and Initiation of Preliminary Consultation
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Description: Finds that Fagatele Bay site is eligible for the List of Recommended Areas.

4/9/1982 47 FR 15397
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Announcement of Certain Hawaiian Waters as an Active Candidate for Marine Sanctuary Designation
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Description: Adds certain Hawaiian waters to the List of Active Candidates.

3/17/1982 47 FR 11544
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St. Thomas, Virgin islands; Announcement of Removal of the Southeastern St. Thomas Site From the List of Active Candidates
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Description: Removes St. Thomas from the List of Active Candidates.

3/10/1982 47 FR 10271
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Reevaluation of Appropriateness of Elevating Georges Bank to Status of Active Candidate for National Marine Sanctuary Designation
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Description: Reevaluates and reaffirms the decision to remove Georges Bank from the List of Active Candidates.

11/30/1981 46 FR 58136
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Announcement of the Removal of the Waters Around Culebra.Culebrita and Codillera Islands From the List of Active Candidates for Marine Sanctuary Designation
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Description: Removes 2 of 3 Puerto Rico sites from the List of Active Candidates.

7/13/1981 46 FR 35951
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The St. Thomas National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Proposed to deisgnate a National Marine Sanctuary in southeast St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Proposed rule and draft designation document.

6/30/1981 46 FR 33530
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Evaluation of Possible Marine Sanctuary Sites in Waters Off the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; Availability of an Issue Paper and the Conduct of Public Workshops
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Description: Announces the availability of an Issue Paper for three possible marine sanctuaries off of Puerto Rico. Public meetings were held May 27-29, 1981.

5/1/1981 46 FR 24616
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Channel Islands and Point Reyes-Farallon Islands National Marine Sanctuaries; Partial Suspension of Regulations
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Description: Continues the suspension of the regulations on oil and gas activities for the Point Reyes-Farallon Islands and Channel Islands NMSs until September 30, 1981.

4/29/1981 46 FR 23824
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Looe Key and Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuaries; Effective Date of Final Rules
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Description: Provides the effective date for Looe Key and Gray's Reef NMS regulations as April 5, 1981.

4/10/1981 46 FR 21357
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Channel Islands and Point Reyes-Farallon Islands National Marine Sanctuaries; Partial Suspension of Regulations
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Description: Suspends the effective date of the regulations on oil and gas actvivities for Channel Islands and Point Reyes-Farallon Islands NMS until April 30, 1981.

3/30/1981 46 FR 19227
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The Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Announces final designation date of the Looe Key NMS as January 16, 1981 and issues final regulations to implement the designation.

1/26/1981 46 FR 7946
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Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Announces final designation date of Gray's Reef NMS as January 16, 1981 and issues final regulations to implement the designation.

1/26/1981 46 FR 7942
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The Point Reyes-Farallon Islands National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Announces final designation date of Point Reyes-Farallon Islands NMS as January 16, 1981 and issues final regulations to implement the designation.

1/26/1981 46 FR 7936
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Announcement of Three Areas Off Puerto Rico as Active Candidates for Marine Sanctuary Designation
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Description: Selects three sites from the List of Recommended Areas around Puerto Rico for inclusion on the List of Active Candidates. The waters around Mona and Monita Islands, the area off southwest Puerto Rico known as La Parguera and the waters around Culebra/Culebrita Islands and the Cordillera reef chain off northwest Puerto Rico were included.

12/18/1980 45 FR 83308
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The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Announces final designation date of Channel Islands NMS as September 22, 1980 and issues final regulations to implement the designation.

10/2/1980 45 FR 65198
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Proposed Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Extends comment period on proposed Flower Garden Banks NMS designation until Sept. 15, 1980.

8/25/1980 45 FR 56355
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Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Proposes to designate Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary with proposed regulations and draft designation document.

6/26/1980 45 FR 43205
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Public Hearing on Draft Environmental Impact Statement
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Description: Provides notice of July 7-8, 1980 public meetings for the purpose of receiving public comments on the DEIS for the proposed Gray's Reef Marine Sanctuary.

6/17/1980 45 FR 41047
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Gray's Reef Marine Sanctuary; Designation
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Description: Proposes the designation of Gray's Reef Marine Sanctuary along with implementing regulations.

6/11/1980 45 FR 39507
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Public Hearings on Draft Environmental Impact Statement
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Description: Provides notice of June 17-18, 1980 public meetings for the purpose of receiving public comments on the DEIS for the proposed Looe Key marine National Marine Sanctuary.

6/2/1980 45 FR 37252
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Public Hearings on Draft Environmental Impact Statement
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Description: Provides notice of June 25, 1980 public meeting for the purpose of receiving public comments on the DEIS for the proposed Narragansett Bay Estuarine Sanctuary.

6/2/1980 45 FR 37251
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The Looe Key Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Proposes the designation of the Looe Key Marine Sanctuary along with proposed implementing regulations.

5/20/1980 45 FR 33645
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Point-Reyes Farallon Islands Marine Sanctuary; Draft Environmental Impact Statement: Public Hearings
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Description: Provides notice of May 13, 1980 public hearings for the purpose of recieving comments on the DEIS for the proposed Point-Reyes Farallon Islands Marine Sanctuary.

4/18/1980 45 FR 26410
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The Point Reyes/Farallon Islands Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Proposes the designation of the Point Reys/Farallon Islands Marine Sanctuary (later renamed Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary) along with proposed implementing regulations.

3/31/1980 45 FR 20907
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Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary
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Description: Proposes the designation of Channel Islands NMS and implementing regulations.

12/5/1979 44 FR 69970
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Announcement of Removal of Georges Bank for List of Active Candidates for Marine Sanctuary Designation
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Description: Removes Georges Bank from the List of Active Candidates because marine sanctuary designation was determined not necessary to protect the area from oil and gas development.

10/31/1979 44 FR 62553
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Announcement of Initial List of Recommended Areas (LRA) for Marine Sanctuary Designation and List of Active Candidates
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Description: Catalogs those marine sanctuary recommendaitons determined to be eligible for inclusion on the LRA and on the List of Active Candidates.

10/31/1979 44 FR 62552
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Announcement of Gray's Reef, Outer Continental Shelf, as an Active Candidate for Marine Sanctuary Designation
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Description: Determination that Gray╠s Reef is eligible for marine sanctuary designation and selects it as an active candidate.

10/12/1979 44 FR 58938
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Evaluation of a Possible Marine Sanctuary Site in the Georges Bank Area- Notice of the Availability of an Issue Paperand the Conduct of a Public Workshop
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Description: Provides notice of a nomination to establish a marine sanctuary encompassing George╠s Bank and the preparetion of an Issue Paper.

8/10/1979 44 FR 47132
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Announcement of Preliminary List of Active Candidates for Marine Sanctuary Designation
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Description: Seven sites are named active canditates. 1. Flower Garden Banks, 2. Northern Channel Islands, 3. Monterey Bay, 4. Point-Reyes/Farallon Islands, 5. Looe Key, 6. George's Reef, 7. St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

8/10/1979 44 FR 47132
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Designation and Management of Marine Sanctuaries
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Description: This notice published the final rule revising the NMSP regulations. Changes include modifications to the process for recommending sites for designation, the criteria for the selection of new sites, description of the designation document, and the enforcement of sanctuary regulations against foreign nationals.

7/31/1979 44 FR 44831
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Marine Sanctuary Regulations
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Description: This notice publishes proposed revisions to the general program regulations for reviewing recommended sites for designation, expands upon the criteria for the selection of new sites, refines description of the designation document, and clarifies the enforcement of sanctuary regulations against foreign nationals.

2/5/1979 44 FR 6930
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Key Largo Coral Reef Marine Sanctuary Interim Regulations
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Description: Published the designation of Key Largo NMS as December 18, 1975 and issued interim regulations for the sanctuary. Comments were invited through February 20, 1976.

1/16/1976 41 FR 2378
(pdf, 2.5MB)
Monitor Marine Sanctuary Final Regulations
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Description: This notice published the final regulations for the Monitor NMS.

5/19/1975 40 FR 21706
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Monitor Marine Sanctuary Interim Regulations
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Description: This notice published the designation of the Monitor NMS as of January 30, 1975. Comments were invited through March 7, 1975.

2/5/1975 40 FR 5349
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Marine Sanctuaries regulations
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Description: This notice published the final original regulations for the NMSP.

6/27/1974 39 FR 23254
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Marine Sanctuaries Program Guidelines
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Description: This notice published the proposed regulations enacting PL 92-532 (Title III of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act) under 15 CFR ű 922. The original regulations dealt exclusively with the marine sanctuary designation process.

3/19/1974 39 FR 10255
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