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StoryMap Highlights Boat Visitations at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Published on: 05/19/2021

Fishing for red snapper at GRNMS. Credit NOAA ONMS.

Information on the number and types of visitors to Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary is needed to inform management decisions. A new storymap from NCCOS highlights the expanded understanding of users of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS) obtained using new approaches for counting visitors.

NCCOS’ Biogeography Branch has published a storymap on the results from a recent study, funded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, which used imagery and sound to understand the number and types of visitors at GRNMS.

This storymap showcases the background, methodology, and results from the project in an interactive way. Basic information on the number and types of visitors to GRNMS are needed to inform sanctuary staff and the advisory council on many management decisions, especially those involving human use and their impacts.

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