Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

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Chapter 9. IMPLEMENTATION MECHANISM

Describe the mechanisms and programmes that are in place in regard to each of the following management tools in the nominated site (fill only the fields that are relevant for your site)


Management tools Existing Mechanisms and programmes in place Comments (if any)
Public awareness, education, and information dissemination programmes yes Education and outreach efforts currently focus on those who have the greatest probability of directly impacting sanctuary resources, both now and in the future. Primary target audiences include recreational divers, the oil and gas industry, and teachers and students. To a lesser extent, efforts are directed toward fishermen, other government agencies and interested members of the public. Education and outreach efforts are implemented through partnerships with other government agencies and the private sector, along with the valuable assistance of trained, dedicated volunteers. These efforts aim to: • Increase awareness about the sanctuary’s resources and how they can be impacted; • Educate users about how they can minimize or eliminate impacts to the natural resources; and, • Develop a sense of personal stewardship for this special place. The sanctuary conducts numerous local and national programs and utilizes a variety of tools that support better understanding of the sanctuary and its role in society and in ocean conservation.
Capacity building of staff and management yes Sanctuary staff are well integrated into a large government organization that provides opportunities for professional development and participation in interagency working groups and collaborative programs.
Research, data storage, and analysis yes The sanctuary maintains an active research program with its university partners. A full time research coordinator and staff assemble, maintain and analyze sanctuary data, physical material and information.
Surveillance and enforcement yes The sanctuary works closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Fisheries Service, and the state enforcement agencies of Texas and Louisiana to ensure that the sanctuary is adequately monitored and its regulations are enforced.
Participation of exterior users yes In addition to the Sanctuary Advisory Council described above, the sanctuary works together with educators, researchers, scientists, non-profit organizations, zoos, museums, aquariums, visitor centers, and people like you to get our messages out on the airwaves. Some of our more visible partners include Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Texas State Aquarium, Tennessee Aquarium and The Aquarium at Moody Gardens who all proudly display exhibits and/or information about the habitats and creatures of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Researchers from universities, Ocean Exploration, government and non-government organizations, and other institutions regularly assist us in evaluating and exploring the reaches of our sanctuary.
Alternative and sustainable livelihoods no
Adaptative management yes See above descriptions of Management Plan Review process. Also: http://flowergarden.noaa.gov/management/2012mgmtplan.html