Public Comment Sought on Sub-zoning Options for Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary to Identify Optimum Research Area for Improved Management
Six sub-zoning scenarios for Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS) are now available on the web for public comment at http://graysreef.noaa.gov/, and will be presented at five public meetings in March 2008 in coastal communities of Georgia and South Carolina. At a January 31, 2008 Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting, representatives from NCCOS presented five boundary scenarios for a subzone within GRNMS to be used for scientific research. These options, plus an additional scenario developed at the meeting, represent the culmination of a multiyear GIS analysis developed by NCCOS to aid sanctuary and council staff in optimally placing a research area. The analysis identified the location and boundary configuration of placement options that met scientific needs but minimized displacement of user activities.
Significance: This analysis helps GRNMS select an area for scientific research while minimizing the displacement of user activities.