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What is the Sanctuary
Conservation Science Series?

What is the Sanctuary Conservation Science Series?
The Conservation Series is a publication Series hosted by the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. It provides a forum to publish reports that focus on the complex issues facing the sanctuary system.

What issues are addressed in the reports?
It is encouraged that report topics are varied in scope, detail, and intent. Therefore, a wide range of topics may be considered for consideration and acceptance into the Series. In general, topics are usually scientific in nature and present the results of research and monitoring projects for both the natural and social sciences. Examples have included monitoring results following a grounding event, habitat mapping results, living resource studies, and biography characterizations. Reports may also describe education programs or summarize workshop proceedings. Discussions on resource management issues may also be featured in reports.

Fun Facts

The Series began in 1999.

There are currently 67 reports in the Series.

About five are published each year.

Authors to date include:

  • 44 Sanctuary staff
  • 11 Academia
  • 1 Other Federal
  • 9 NOAA
  • 2 Private

Themes include:

  • Biogeography: 3
  • Grounding Events: Response and Restoration: 10
  • Habitat Mapping: 7
  • Living Resource Studies: 7
  • Science for Management: 35
  • Symposia and Workshops: 5

What is the purpose of the Series?
Because of considerable differences in sanctuary settings, resources, and pressures on resources, each marine sanctuary has tailored approaches to management – conservation, education, research, monitoring, and enforcement. The Conservation Series reflects and supports this integration by providing a forum for publications on the diverse issues affecting the sanctuaries.

The Series helps managers integrate natural, socioeconomic and cultural sciences, education, and policy development to accomplish the diverse needs of NOAA’s resource protection mandate.

Who is the intended audience for the reports?
The audience can vary based on the report topic. In general, the intended audience is sanctuary resource managers. But, in many cases the reports are also used as education and outreach tools, are distributed to constituents, and are always made available to the general public via the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Web site. Social media may also be used to notify the public of a report’s release. In some cases, the media is also notified of a published report in order to garner more public attention.

Who authors the reports?
Report authors represent a variety of affiliations including sanctuary staff, academia, NOAA, and other private and federal entities. Authors typically have a scientific background, but may also include those with education or policy backgrounds.

What is the style of each report?
Report style may vary based on topic and intent. In general, reports should follow the format of a typical scientific journal article. In some cases, however, reports may take a different format, such as those that serve as a summary of workshop proceedings or literature reviews.

Are the Reports Reviewed?
Yes, all reports submitted to the Series are reviewed by a team of subject matter experts for quality, completeness, and accuracy.

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