Nominations

Below are the nominations NOAA has received from communities. NOAA is not responsible for the content or accuracy of the information included in each nomination. This information has been submitted (in accordance with OMB Control Number 0648-0682) to allow NOAA to evaluate the national significance and management considerations of the area as a potential national marine sanctuary.

Nominations Under Review by NOAA

The following nominations have been submitted by communities for NOAA’s review. Learn about how the nomination process works.

Mariana Trench (CNMI, Pacific)

Date Submitted: 12/5/16

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Submitted Documents Additional Information

Baltimore Canyon Urban (Maryland, Atlantic)

Date Submitted: 12/2/16

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Hudson Canyon (New York, Atlantic)

Date Submitted: 11/17/16

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St. George Unangan Heritage (Alaska)

Date Submitted: 10/1/16

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Nominations Declined by NOAA

NOAA has determined the following nominations are not eligible for further review. Interested communities may choose to revise and resubmit these nominations at a later time.

Eubalaena Oculina (Florida, Northeast Atlantic Coast) – First Submission

Date Submitted: 9/2/14
Date Declined: 10/30/14

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Submitted Documents Response from NOAA

Aleutian Islands (Alaska)

Date Submitted: 12/22/14
Date Declined: 1/23/15

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Chumash Heritage (California, Central Coast) – First Submission

Date Submitted: 2/2/15
Date Declined: 3/6/15

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Nominations Withdrawn

The following nominations have been withdrawn.

Eubalaena Oculina (Florida, Northeast Atlantic Coast) – Second Submission

Date Submitted: 4/27/15
Date Withdrawn: 8/26/15

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Inventory of Successful Nominations

NOAA has determined the following nominations have successfully met the national significance criteria and management considerations described in the sanctuary nomination process. Areas under consideration by NOAA for national marine sanctuary designation will be selected from this inventory

Chumash Heritage (California, Central Coast) – Second Submission

Date Submitted: 7/17/15
Date Added to Inventory: 10/5/15

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Submitted Documents Response from NOAA

Lake Erie Quadrangle (Pennsylvania)

Date Submitted: 12/31/15
Date Added to Inventory: 2/22/16

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Submitted Documents Response from NOAA

Addition to the inventory does not guarantee that a nominated area will become a national marine sanctuary. National marine sanctuary designation is a separate public process that by law, is highly public and participatory, and often takes several years to complete. View the Designation Process Steps Document (PDF)


Designations in Progress

Mallows Bay - Potomac River (Maryland, Potomac River)

Date Submitted: 9/16/14
Date Added to Inventory: 1/12/15
Date Started Designation: 10/7/15

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Submitted Documents More Information Response from NOAA

For more information on the national marine sanctuary designation process for this nomination please visit the designation website.

Lake Michigan (Wisconsin)

Date Submitted: 12/2/14
Date Added to Inventory: 2/5/15
Date Started Designation: 10/7/15

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Submitted Documents Response from NOAA

For more information on the national marine sanctuary designation process for this nomination please visit the designation website.


Paperwork Reduction Act Statement

Submittal of the information requested in these procedures is required for NOAA to consider a site for possible designation as a national marine sanctuary. This information is essential to evaluate the national significance of the area, management considerations of the area as a sanctuary, potential benefits of designation, and evaluate any environmental and socioeconomic impacts.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB Control Number.