Wednesday, June 28, 2017

NOAA opens public comment period on Sec. 4(b) in Executive Order 13795 focused on Natl. Marine Sanctuaries and Marine Natl. Monuments

National News:

NOAA is soliciting comment on National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments designated or expanded since April 28, 2007, during a 30-day public comment period, which opened on Monday, June 26, 2017.  NOAA is seeking comments to assist the Secretary of Commerce in his review under Section 4(b) of the Presidential Executive Order (EO) 13795 "Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy" signed April 28, 2017. There are a total of six National Marine Sanctuaries and five Marine National Monuments under review (please see the table below).

​NOAA is asking for comments on the criteria outlined in Section 4(b)(i) of Executive Order 13795:

  1. An analysis of the acreage affected and an analysis of the budgetary impacts of the costs of managing each National Marine Sanctuary or Marine National Monument designation or expansion;
  2. An analysis of the adequacy of any required Federal, State and tribal consultations conducted before the designations or expansions; and
  3. The opportunity costs associated with potential energy and mineral exploration and production from the Outer Continental Shelf, in addition to any impacts on production in the adjacent region.
You may submit comments identified by docket ID NOAA-NOS-2017-0066 by one of the following methods:
  • Electronic submissions: Beginning Monday, June 26, the option to submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at enter NOAA-NOS-2017-0066 in the "Search" box, click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
  • Mail: EO 13795 Review, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring Metro Campus Building 4 (SSMC4), Eleventh Floor, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

​Thank you for your interest in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. For more information, please visit the websites below or contact Willilam Douros 
    National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments Under Review Pursuant to EO 13795, Sec. 4(b)
Size in Acres
Federal Register Citation
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary …………..


May 24, 2007
72 FR 29,208 (May 24, 2007)
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary ………………....
March 12, 2015
80 FR 13,078 (March 12, 2015)
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary ……….…..
March 12, 2015
80 FR 13,078 (March 12, 2015)
Marianas Trench Marine National Monument ………......
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands/Pacific Ocean
January 6, 2009

74 FR 1,557 (January 12, 2009)
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary ………………..…
November 20, 2008
73 FR 70,488 (November 20, 2008)
National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa …………..
American Samoa
July 26, 2012
77 FR 43,942 (July 26, 2012)
Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument ……………..…..
Atlantic Ocean
September 15, 2016
81 FR 65,161 (September 21, 2016)
Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument ……..….
Pacific Ocean
Designation; Expansion
January 6, 2009; September 25, 2014
74 FR 1,565 (January 12, 2009); 79 FR 58,645 (September 29, 2014)
PapahānaumokuākeaMarine National Monument …………
August 26, 2016
81 FR 60,227 (August 31, 2016)
Rose Atoll Marine National Monument………………....
American Samoa
January 6, 2009
74 FR 1,577 (January 12, 2009)
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary  …. ………………..
September 5, 2014
79 FR 52,960 (September 5, 2014)

  1 All of Rose Atoll Marine National Monument is contained within National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.


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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Alaska halibut charters are targeting multiple species. Here’s why.

"Economic and regulatory factors have over the years forced some Alaska halibut charter fishermen and women to adapt, moving to new waters for their harvests, a new University of Alaska Fairbanks study has found.

"Researchers at UAF say the study is an important starting point to understanding the impact of such movement on fish stocks and the environment.

“When fishermen shift to a new area that has the potential to affect new species, it’s kind of like that footprint of fishing is expanding or contracting, and that’s going to affect the ecosystem more broadly,” said Anne Beaudreau, a professor of fisheries at UAF and one of the researchers on the study."

Read the full article in the Alaska Daily News.