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fish over coral Sanctuaries are managed to protect and conserve their resources and to allow uses that are compatible with resource protection.

Management of sanctuaries is composed of a number of components including authorizing legislation, regulations, management plans and permitting. Discover more in Management 101.

Find out about sanctuary permitting information, application guidelines and contacts.

Learn more about the interagency consultations required by the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.

Policy statements on resource protection issues and how our national conservation policies are developed.

Resource Protection
Resource protection and management go hand-in-hand, joining forces to reduce the threats and impacts of human-induced effects on the natural and maritime heritage resources in the sanctuaries. Resource protection in the sanctuaries includes regulations, permitting, incident response and contingency planning, damage assessment and restoration, and enforcement.

whale tail in front of a shipReducing Ship Strike Risk to Whales
Ship strikes of endangered whales are of great concern to national marine sanctuaries. Sanctuaries are collaborating with US Coast Guard, National Marine Fisheries Service, Point Blue Conservation Science, Cascadia Research, Okeanos, and others to adjust shipping lanes away from known historical aggregations of whales. Read more...

For Pilots
Over the next three months, the FAA will release updated aeronautical sectionals that include West Coast sanctuary overflight regulations.

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