February 20, 2013
NOAA releases final plan for managing and
protecting Monitor Marine Sanctuary
on several years of scientific assessment and public involvement, NOAA
this week released the final management plan and environmental
assessment for the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. The plan outlines
how the sanctuary will operate over the next five to 10 years.
it provides a framework for the sanctuary to refine its education and
outreach programs; continue restoration and conservation of USS Monitor
artifacts; consider possible expansion of the sanctuary’s boundaries,
and work with the state of North Carolina to strengthen local economies
in coastal communities through maritime heritage tourism. These
specific priorities were identified during the review period that began
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary protects the wreck
of the famed Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, best known for its battle
with the Confederate ironclad Virginia in Hampton Roads, Va., on March
“The sanctuary protects an important part of our
country’s history,” said David Alberg, sanctuary superintendent. “The
final management plan is the result of a collaborative effort and the
hard work of sanctuary staff and the sanctuary’s advisory council. It
reflects public input and offers detailed guidance that will be used to
manage the USS Monitor and the sanctuary environment into the future.”
in 2008, the sanctuary’s management plan was reviewed through an
extensive public process that included input from stakeholders and the
sanctuary's advisory council through workshops, public hearings and
submission of comments.
Periodic management plan review is
required by Congress for each of the 13 national marine sanctuaries
administered by NOAA to ensure that they continue to conserve, protect
and enhance their nationally significant living and cultural resources
while allowing compatible commercial and recreational activities.
site of the USS Monitor shipwreck, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
was designated as the nation’s first marine sanctuary on Jan. 30, 1975.
Creation of the sanctuary, located 16 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras,
N.C., has helped ensure the long-term protection of the wreck site of
the famed Civil War ironclad for all generations.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information on the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary or to read the final plan, go to: http://www.monitor.noaa.gov.