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Monitor National Marine Sanctuary resources are valuable for their cultural, historical, educational and recreational qualities, among others. By regulating the type and scope of use of sanctuary resources, the sanctuary's management strives to maintain open access, while protecting, preserving, and managing the resources in order to ensure their health, integrity and continued availability for current and future generations.

Regulations are enforced by various federal agencies, including NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard. In addition, the sanctuary relies on citizen reporting and public education for voluntary compliance.

Monitor National Marine Sanctuary regulations prohibit the following activities without a permit:

(a) Anchoring in any manner, stopping, remaining and drifting without power at any time;
(b) Conducting subsurface salvage or recovery operations;
(c) Diving by individual or submersible; 
(d) Lowering below the water any grappling, suction, conveyor, dredging or wrecking device; 
(e) Detonating underwater any explosive;
(f) Drilling or coring the seabed; 
(g) Lowering, laying, or raising seabed cable; 
(h) Trawling; or
(i) Discharging waste material into the water in violation of federal law.

Anyone may conduct the activities above pursuant to a permit. No permit is necessary to conduct an activity immediately necessary for the protection of life, property or the environment.
For more information, contact
Tane Casserley, at

Monitor NMS and ONMS Regulations Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Current Regulations
including the boundary, prohibited activities, and permit procedure. National Marine Sanctuary Program Regulations of General Applicability Authorization to Issue Regulations, NMSA § 1439

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