NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on

Draft Management Plan

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The sanctuary draft management plan serves as a non-regulatory policy framework for addressing the issues facing the sanctuary over the next five years. It lays the foundation for restoring and protecting the sanctuary’s ecosystem; details the human pressures that threaten the qualities and resources of the sanctuary; and recommends actions that should be taken both now and in the future to better manage the area and resources.

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Executive Summary
I. Introduction to the Document
II. Institutional Setting
III. Sanctuary Setting
IV. Resource States
V. Status of Human Use
VI. Summation
VII. Action Plans
VIII. Draft Environmental Assessment
IX. Sources Cited
X. Appendices
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Interested individuals may request electronic versions of the plan on CD by contacting the sanctuary offices by phone at 781-545-8026, by fax at 781-545-8036, by email at or by mail at SBNMS, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066. Printed copies of the draft management plan will be sent to public libraries, academic institutions, sanctuary education and research partners, and government offices in the sanctuary region.

Click here for a complete listing of those locations.

Guide to the Plan

bank notes   Click here for the Special Edition Banknotes with highlights from the Draft Management Plan.

Update on Draft Management Plan

Click here for an update on the draft management plan including clarification of some misconceptions about the plan.

Public Meetings Held

Eight public meetings were held across New England from June 5 to June 19, 2008. Numerous public comments were received and will be compiled and incorporated into the Final Management Plan.

Click here for the Public Meeting Schedule and transcripts.

Submitted Comments

The following pdf documents are the collected public comments submitted to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary during the commenting perion May 6th - October 3, 2008. The comments were received via mail, e-mail and spoken remarks at a series of public meetings.

Click on a link below to download the file you would like to view.

Stellwagen Bank Public Comments:

   pdf Individual Email Comments
   pdf Form Email Comments

   pdf Spoken Comments Transcripts
   pdf Mailed/Faxed Comments

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