Biological Connectivity (Updated 5/1/2010)
Monitoring and assessment of sand tiger shark movement is needed to assess the dynamics and population structure of sand tiger sharks in and around the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (MNMS or Sanctuary).
Expansion of Resource Protection (Updated 5/1/2010)
The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (MNMS or Sanctuary) was designated in 1972 to protect the wreck of the famed vessel. Since designation the Sanctuary has started to expand its research and monitoring of resources beyond maritime heritage resources to include biological resources as well. Fundamental to this change is the basic requirements to inventory and characterize key species that live in and around the MNMS. With this information MNMS will be better informed and able to make more informed management decisions and take assertive action to assess the status of their health and manage for their protection.
Exploration, Mapping and Characterization of New Wreck Sites
The inventory of cultural resources off the coast of North Carolina is unquantified and there is a need to conduct systematic remote sensing surveys to locate, identify and characterize maritime cultural resources in the area. Surveys are also needed to aid in our overall knowledge and understanding of the bathymetry of the Sanctuary and the adjacent seafloor.
Habitat and Biodiversity (Updated 5/1/2010)
Limited baseline data inhibits the ability to track the biological health of the resources in the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (MNMS or Sanctuary).
Human Dimension (Updated 5/1/2010)
Critical to all aspects of resource conservation is the participation of the public and the users of those resources. A better understanding and quantification of the socioeconomic impacts of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (MNMS or Sanctuary) as well as perceptions by the public towards larger marine protected areas off the coast of North Carolina is needed to make more informed future management decisions.
Marine Debris (Updated 5/1/2010)
Marine debris found within the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (MNMS or Sanctuary) can adversely affect Sanctuary resources.
Socioeconomics and Public Engagement (Updated 5/1/2010)
Public interest and input is crucial to the sanctuary and its management. Established relationships must be maintained while new ones are made in order to gain stakeholder support, especially as the idea of sanctuary expansion is entertained. Therefore, social indicators should be established in order to understand the human dimensions of management, and research results should be presented in a way that will facilitate public understanding and discussion.
Resource Degradation and Corrosion (Updated 5/1/2010)
Corrosion potential analysis of submerged cultural material needs to be conducted to make informed management decisions and aid in predictive modeling.
Water Quality (Updated 5/1/2010)
Maritime heritage resources can be significantly impacted by changes in water quality. Limited baseline data inhibits the ability to track water quality and can impede effective management decisions and action.