2023 Management Plan

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Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary's management plan guides activities in the sanctuary by identifying priority management issues and proposing sets of actions to address them. The most revised management plan was published in August 2023 and includes 15 action plans that address current and emerging management needs.

The sanctuary's first management plan was produced in 1993 soon after the designation. The second management plan was published in 2010.

Management plans are periodically reviewed and updated in order to ensure responsiveness to current and emerging issues, technologies, and management needs.