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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released some of the details related to its plans for managing and protecting national marine sanctuaries in California.
The affected areas include Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay.
The final plans are primarily non-regulatory actions, but some changes to sanctuary regulations clarify and strengthen protections for marine habitats, sensitive species, water quality, and submerged cultural and historical resources.
The new management plans offer a vision and course for protecting the rich marine ecosystems of three adjacent national marine sanctuaries in California while continuing to allow compatible, sustainable human uses, said William J. Douros, West Coast regional director for the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, in a statement.