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Updated Biogeographic Assessment of North/Central California National Marine Sanctuaries Published to Improve Resource Management

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science has released a report with updated information to help California sanctuary managers assess whether current strategies are effective. The report “A Biogeographic Assessment off North/Central California: In Support of the National Marine Sanctuaries of Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay. Phase II: Environmental Setting and Update to Birds and Mammals”, was published in support of the management activities of three National Marine Sanctuaries off north/central California. Now available in hardcopy, the report is the last in a series of products resulting from a biogeographic assessment off north/central California, and provides summary maps, analyses, descriptions and tables on the distribution, relative abundance, life history and populations of marine birds, mammals and selected environmental features off north/central California. Products from the assessment are available online at: http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/ecosystems/sanctuaries/california/.

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