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.
Reducing Ship Strike Risk
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...
Over the next three months, the FAA will release updated aeronautical sectionals that include West Coast sanctuary overflight regulations.
Climate change is happening and human activities are contributing to and accelerating it. Climate change has consequences for people, the planet, and the ocean, including national marine sanctuaries. Resource agencies around the world, including NOAA, are taking action to address climate change impacts. The choices all of us make may help to avoid catastrophic impacts now and in the future. Read more about how the sanctuary system is working to address those potential impacts through science, outreach, adaptation, and mitigation.