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2013 Final Management Plan and Environmental Assessment

Established in 1975 as the Nation’s first marine sanctuary, the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is managed by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. It protects the wreck of the famed Civil War ironclad, USS Monitor, best known for its battle with the Confederate ironclad, CSS Virginia in Hampton Roads, Va., on March 9, 1862.

New challenges and opportunities emerge with time. For this reason, the sanctuary is required to periodically update its management plan to reevaluate site-specific goals and objectives and to develop management strategies and activities to ensure the sanctuary best protects its resources. Management plans are sanctuary-specific planning and management documents used by all national marine sanctuaries to identify immediate, mid-range, and long-term challenges and opportunities and to develop a course for the future.

With the assistance of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, Council working groups, and community stakeholders a new course was charted for the Monitor. In February 2013, the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary published the Final Management Plan and Environmental Assessment.

Click here to view a copy of the final management plan and click here for the Federal Register Notice.

To obtain a copy of the Final Management Plan and Environmental Assessment email your request to Shannon.Ricles@noaa.gov
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