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The National Marine Sanctuary System

By Basta, Daniel J.

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Title: The National Marine Sanctuary System  
Author: Basta, Daniel J.
Language: English
Subject: Science., Ecology & environment, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S.)
Collections: National Oceanographic Data Center
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Publisher: Government Reference Publication


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Excerpt: National Marine Sanctuaries. Preserving America?s Natural and Cultural Heritage Through Partnerships On any given day, National Marine Sanctuary Program staff and volunteers are engaged in monitoring wildlife, educating the public, responding to emergencies, excavating maritime artifacts, restoring habitats and innumerable other projects that collectively maintain some of the most beautiful and rare marine protected areas on earth. In 2003, and more than ever before, this team effort was enhanced by partnerships with agencies, communities, nonprofit groups and other interests that share the same passion and responsibility for marine protection. Teamwork has sustained our progress; partnerships will ensure our success.

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Contents ? Executive Summary p. 1 No one really knew what happened to the Portland, a majestic steamship that sank during a ferocious gale in 1898. Her fate would remain a mystery for more than 100 years until two men contacted NOAA?s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Researchers John Fish and Arnold Carr believed they had found the long-lost steamer, but without visual confi rmation, they could not be sure. With the help of NOAA?s National Undersea Research Center at the University of Connecticut, a sanctuary-led expedition confi rmed the fi nal resting place of Portland in 2002. The story of the Portland illustrates a key tenet that solutions to most problems or issues are resolved through some type of partnership, whether with a friend, colleague, or even a government agency. All of our accomplishments described in this State of the Sanctuaries Report happened because of partnerships. As director of NOAA?s National Marine Sanctuary Program, restoring and protecting the oceans through partnerships is what I would call the ?sanctuary way.? The sanctuary way is articulated in our program-wide partnership survey that documents more than 400 partnerships that are integral to our success. A consistent theme in all these partnerships is the focus on the outcomes necessary to achieve our mission to preserve our nation?s natural and cultural treasures. Nowhere is this focus on outcomes more evident than with our most important partnership?the one we have forged with our local sanctuary communities. Several of our sites have revised or are in the process of updating their sanctuary management plans. The process of updating a management plan involves a comprehensive public participatory process that involves ocean-related businesses, environmental organizations, scientists, educators and the general public. These processes are giving sanctuary communities direct ownership over the outcomes on deciding how to best protect sanctuary marine life, harness the expertise and experience of renowned scientists and scholars, and further education within our schools. Partnerships have allowed the program to engage local communities in devising ways to better protect marine ecosystems that sustain livelihoods and recreational activities, team up with educators to increase the ocean literacy of our nation?s children, and to enhance collaborations with scientists to explore and improve our knowledge of America?s ocean and Great Lakes treasures. The sanctuary way is simple; we can do more together to keep our oceans healthy than we can ever do alone. Through partnerships, we keep our commitment to uphold the public trust in promoting healthy oceans for future generations. We must strive to face the challenge of reaching all Americans, not just those along our coasts, if we are to widen the circle of ocean stewardship around the globe. Sincerely, Daniel J. Basta Director, NOAA?s National Marine Sanctuary Program ? Channel Islands p.5 ? Cordell Bank p.7 ? Fagatele Bay p.9 ? Florida Keys p.11 ? Flower Garden Banks p.13 ? Gray?s Reef p.15 ? Gulf of the Farallones p.17 ? Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale p.19 ? Monitor p.21 ? Monterey Bay p. 23 ? Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve p.25 ? Olympic Coast p.27 ? Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank p.29 ? Thunder Bay p.31


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