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Draft Management Plan Review

Developed through an extensive public process, the Draft Management Plan (DMP) included input from stakeholders and the sanctuary advisory council (SAC) since 2008. Specific areas of interest included in the DMP are:

  1. a focus on awareness of site resources and regulation via an enhanced education and outreach campaign;
  2. continued artifact restoration and conservation;
  3. attention to the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary SAC recommendation that the site consider expansion of current boundaries to include additional maritime heritage resources; and
  4. an increased partnership with the state of North Carolina to strengthen local economies in coastal communities through heritage tourism.

Federal Register Notice
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Draft Management Plan
Environmental Assessment

With the release of the Draft Management Plan, we invite you to review the document and to make comment. Commenting period is 60 day and ends June 22, 2012. There are a variety of ways to submit comments:

  1. Electronically to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: with Docket Number NOAA-NOS-2012-0076
  2. By email to
  3. By fax to 757-591-7353
  4. In writing to the Monitor NMS Management Plan Review Coordinator at 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
  5. Attend a public scoping meeting at one of the following locations
    • April 30, 6:30 p.m., Raleigh, N.C., NC Museum of History, 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, N.C. 27601
    • May 1, 6:30 p.m., Wilmington, N.C., NC Maritime Museum, 204 E Moore Street, Southport, N.C. 28461
    • May 2, 6:30 p.m., Beaufort, N.C., NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort, N.C. 28516
    • May 3, 6:30 p.m., Nags Head, N.C., Jennette's Pier, Milepost 16.5, Nags Head, NC 7223
    • May 4, 2:00 p.m., Newport News, Va., The Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, Va. 23606
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