The National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP) is responsible for identifying, designating, and managing ocean and Great Lake areas of special national significance as national marine sanctuaries. Sanctuaries are managed to protect and conserve their resources and to allow uses that are compatible with resource protection. Management of sanctuaries is composed of a number of components:
(National Marine Sanctuaries Act - NMSA);
of sanctuaries is composed of a number of components including
authorizing legislation, regulations, management plans and permitting.
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