Management Plan Review

Management plans are sanctuary-specific documents that:

1) describe regulations and boundaries;
2) outline staffing and budget needs;
3) set priorities and performance measures for programs;
4) guide development of future management activities.

The management plan review process, required by law for all national marine sanctuaries, is conducted to ensure that each site properly conserves and protects its nationally significant living and cultural resources.

The history of the present management plan process started with the release of two reports in the summer of 2002: State of the Sanctuary Report and the Management Plan Review Update: 1998-2002.

A public comment period (July 1-October 18, 2002) and a series of public scoping meetings in September and October 2002 offered individuals and organizations opportunities to provide comments on sanctuary management. Click here for a summary of those meetings and links to the collected public comments.
Comments were distilled into a set of broad issue area topics that were prioritized by the Advisory Council. Twelve working groups met from Fall 2003 through Summer 2004 and developed Action Plans that provided options for sanctuary management in these priority areas. Click here for our Working Groups page.
The Sanctuary Advisory Council reviewed the Working Group Draft Action Plans and forwarded its Approved Action Plans to the sanctuary superintendent in October and November 2004. Click here to access the draft and SAC approved action plans, working group meeting summaries, and membership lists.
The site, working with the National Marine Sanctuary Program, in preparation for the development of the Draft Management Plan, has released a Condition Report. An electronic version will be available soon. Printed versions of the report are available through the sanctuary office.
The Draft Managment Plan is being prepared by sanctuary staff, the National Marine Sanctuary Program and NOAA based upon the recommendations from the SAC Appproved Action Plans. Expected publication date for the Draft Management Plan is early July 2007.
After release of the Draft Management Plan, the sanctuary and NOAA will schedule a series of public comment meetings and a public comment period. Check back here for calendar listings.
After receipt and review of the Draft Management Plan comments, a Final Management Plan will be published and released. An electronic version of the plan will be available on this web site.

Dates, times and locations for Sanctuary Advisory Council meetings, public information and scoping meetings, publication release dates, public comment periods, and other important information about management plan review events are available on our MPR Calendar page.

To receive updates on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary management plan revision, visit our Get Involved section and follow the simple steps outlined there.


Present Status

MPR Process Flowchart



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