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NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are closed to the public while the waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on sanctuaries.noaa.gov/coronavirus/.

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Charter & Protocols

SAC Charter pdf
The Sanctuary Advisory Council charter establishes the rules for operation of the Council.

SAC Decision-Making and Operational Protocols pdf
This document was first agreed to by the SAC in 2003 and was revised by the SAC in November, 2005. It details guidelines for handling various decision-making and operational scenarios. It does not conflict with the SAC Charter.

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