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NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on

Socioeconomic Monitoring

Assessing Change, Determining Impacts, Guiding Long-Term Management for Sanctuary Users

lobster trapSocioeconomic research and monitoring helps us understand the effects of the MPA Network on human spatial use patterns and associated market and non-market values, local and regional economies, and marine resource user attitudes and perceptions. The Sanctuary developed an explicit three-year social science plan (2007-2010) to acquire and analyze scientifically rigorous socioeconomic data on all human uses of the Sanctuary. Objectives are to: (i) test socioeconomic predictions made prior to marine reserve network establishment, (ii) monitor human-sanctuary interactions to inform adaptive management, and (ii) contribute to an ecosystem-based approach to management.

To Review the Social Science Plan Click hereadobe logopdf

Email the Social Science Plan Coordinator: Chris La Franchi



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