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One Ocean Student Film Festival

To inspire, encourage, recognize and promote the work of student filmmakers who are passionate about the ocean and maritime heritage, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary's Youth Working Group will host the 2nd annual One Ocean Student Film Festival. The event will be held during Earth Fair OBX on April 26, 2014, at UNC Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese, N.C.

The themes of this year's competition aim to highlight and showcase our nation's rich maritime resources, heritage, and traditions.


Monitor NMS's Volunteer of the Year

William (Bill) Chadwell was selected as Monitor National Marine Sanctuary's 2013 volunteer of the year.

Bill was instrumental in developing a cadre of recreational divers to participate in maritime heritage research. He organized, scheduled and facilitated a Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) training course taught by MNMS staff, which trained 15 avocational divers in the techniques used by underwater archaeologists. Following the training, in coordination with MNMS staff, Bill organized and executed a 10-day underwater archaeological survey of the WWII shipwreck Ashkhabad. During this time, over 20 divers were able to participate in sanctuary research. All of this effort was not only done without compensation, but also at considerable personal expense.

In addition to field operations, Bill developed and formed a non-profit organization, Battle of the Atlantic Research and Expedition Group, specifically for the documentation of WWII shipwrecks. At his own expense, Bill traveled to Quebec City, Canada, to attend the Society for Historical Archaeology annual conference. At the conference during a symposium on Community Based Archaeology, Bill delivered a lecture on the work that has been completed on Ashkhabad.

Bill has gone above and beyond to promote the Monitor NMS's mission and to engage with one of the sanctuary's key stakeholder groups-recreational divers. He has enhanced the sanctuary's visibility among the dive community, and his work has increased the site's ability to effectively manage heritage resources. Bill continues his efforts, and in 2014, he has already organized and promoted two additional NAS training programs and has conducted additional archaeological survey work on the wreck of the Caribsea.

Please join us in congratulating Bill as the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary's Volunteer of the Year!


Final Management Plan Released

final management plan coverThe Final Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is now available. Management plans are sanctuary-specific planning and management documents used by all national marine sanctuaries. They identify immediate, mid-range and long-term challenges and opportunities, and develop a dedicated course for the future.

View a copy of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary's final plan.

Click here to view the Federal Register Notice.

To obtain a copy of the Final Management Plan and Environmental Assessment email monitor@noaa.gov.


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