Marine Sanctuaries: Nationally Significant But Locally Controversial?

2017-07-05T13:42:29+00:00 July 5, 2017|

Gray wolves were nearly driven to extinction, but in 1995, they were re-introduced to Yellowstone National Park. The ecological benefits have had a ripple effect and continue to fascinate scientists. National parks conserve land for future generations and protect the species that live there. National marine sanctuaries are the aquatic analogue to national parks, providing “a safe habitat for species close to extinction or protect[ing] historically significant shipwrecks.”

Trump Signs Executive Order On Offshore Drilling And Marine Sanctuaries

2017-04-28T13:56:20+00:00 April 28, 2017|

President Trump signed an executive order Friday that aims to expand offshore drilling for oil and gas, in a move welcomed by the oil and gas industry and greeted with alarm by environmental groups. "Renewed offshore energy production will reduce the cost of energy, create countless new jobs, and make America more secure and far more energy independent," Trump said before signing the document. He said previous restrictions on exploration and production deprive the U.S. of "potentially thousands and thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in wealth." The order directs Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review a five-year plan in which President Obama banned drilling in parts of the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic Oceans.

Once-Hailed Marine National Monuments Now Under Attack

2017-03-20T13:44:13+00:00 March 20, 2017|

On his last day in office, former President George W. Bush designated the world's largest protected marine area in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. He attributed his inspiration for what was called the “single-largest act of ocean conservation in history,” to a documentary series by Jean-Michel Cousteau and “a pretty good lecture about life” from marine biologist Sylvia Earle. Not to be outdone in his home state, former President Obama nearly quadrupled the size of the monument and created the Atlantic Ocean’s first Marine National Monuments.

Obama Adds Six Sites To California Coastal National Monument

2017-01-13T10:27:22+00:00 January 13, 2017|

President Obama on Thursday added six areas to the California Coastal National Monument, including a prized parcel on the Santa Cruz County coast and some small islands off the coast of Orange County. All of the sites, totaling 6,230 acres, are currently managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The monument designation adds another layer of protection by closing the areas to new development, such as gas and oil drilling.

Mysteries Of The Under-explored Deep Ocean

2016-06-10T08:35:01+00:00 June 10, 2016|

Dr. Amanda Demopoulos, George P. Schmahl, and Dr. Jason Chaytor each described recent discoveries from the ocean’s abyss at “The Deep Ocean: Earth’s Final Frontier” congressional briefing sponsored by the House Oceans Caucus.

Exemption For Large U.S. Longline Vessels To Fish In Portions Of The American Samoa Large Vessel Prohibited Area

2016-02-04T13:14:55+00:00 February 4, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) The fishing requirements for the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument remain unchanged. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) In this final rule, NMFS allows large federally permitted U.S. longline vessels to fish in certain areas of the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA). NMFS will continue to prohibit fishing in the LVPA by large purse [...]

Notice Of Intent To Review Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Boundary

2016-01-11T03:30:49+00:00 January 11, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Big Sur coastline looking north to Bixby Canyon Bridge. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. (Credit: NOAA/Wikipedia Commons) In accordance with section 304(e) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, as amended, (NMSA), the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reviewing the Monitor National [...]

Comment Request; Socioeconomics Of Commercial Fishers And For Hire Diving And Fishing Operations In The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

2016-01-11T02:00:41+00:00 January 11, 2016|

Click to enlarge) A manta ray in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Florida. 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, which established NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary system. Head to for a link to a special website highlighting the top 40 accomplishments of the sanctuary [...]

Comment Request; Title I Of The Marine Protection, Research, And Sanctuaries Act

2016-01-07T15:56:15+00:00 January 7, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary comprises a fringing coral reef ecosystem nestled within an eroded volcanic crater on the island of Tutuila, American Samoa. This smallest and most remote of all the National Marine Sanctuaries (Credit: NOAA's National Ocean Service) The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to submit an information collection [...]

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