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Commissioners Express Opposition to NOAA's Proposed Expansion of National Marine Sanctuary

Post Date:02/04/2016
Possible expansion plans for the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary were presented to the Dare County Board of Commissioners at their February 1 meeting by Monitor Sanctuary Superintendent David Alberg.

Following the presentation, Chairman Bob Woodard expressed strong objection on behalf of the full Board to any expansion of the Sanctuary or the creation of additional Marine Sanctuaries. He restated the longstanding opposition that the Board of Commissioners has had to Sanctuary expansion. In his remarks, Chairman Woodard urged Sanctuary officials to work closely with elected leaders in coastal communities along with fishermen, charter boat operators, and the scuba diving industry to work collaboratively on long term preservation of the site in a way that safeguards access for scuba diving and recreational and commercial fishing. Click here to view the comments submitted to NOAA by the Dare County Board of Commissioners.

THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS URGES EVERYONE TO SUBMIT PUBLIC COMMENTS TO NOAA BEFORE THE MARCH 18TH DEADLINE. LET THEM KNOW WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU THAT ACCESS TO ALL OF THE OFFSHORE WATERS OF DARE COUNTY BE PRESERVED FOR OUR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS. READ DARE COUNTY'S FULL COMMENTS HERE.

A description of the proposed expansion option, including boundaries and the resources the area contains, can be found by clicking here.

The deadline for public comments on the proposed expansion is March 18.
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