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Final Management Plan

Comments From Across the Nation

The comments came from as near as downtown Boston and Scituate and as far as Hawaii and Alaska – some 45,500 responses in all regarding the management of New England’s only national marine sanctuary. Among the 25,500 comments received on the draft management plan alone, the overwhelming sentiment expressed was that Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is a marine treasure that warrants greater protection.

Comments on the draft plan came from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories and 48 countries. The broad geographic scope of the comments indicates that the sanctuary is more than just a regional marine resource, but a nationally and internationally renowned treasure befitting its Congressional designation.

Befitting sanctuary status, the plan advocates a standard for conservation that is higher than may apply broadly through the whole Gulf of Maine. More than 95 percent of the individuals who commented on the management plan urged that more be done to restore and protect the sanctuary’s resources.

Figures From Public Comments on the Draft Management Plan
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