Stellwagen Management Plan Released

On June 17 th , NOAA released the final management plan for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, which will guide the sanctuary’s resource protection and conservation efforts over the next five years. Copies of the management plan on CD may be requested by calling 781-545-8026 or via email at stellwagen@noaa.gov. The plan may also be downloaded from the sanctuary’s website, http://stellwagen.noaa.gov. The full NOAA News Release is available online.

Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary Management Plan

NOAA released the final management plan for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary today.  Based on years of scientific study and developed with extensive public input, the new management plan focuses on key issues affecting the sanctuary, including ecosystem alteration, wildlife disturbance, vessel traffic and its potential threat to marine mammals, water quality and invasive species.  The plan will guide the sanctuary’s resource protection and conservation efforts over the next five years.

The management plan is posted on the sanctuary’s website at http://stellwagen.noaa.gov.

Whale Sightings on Stellwagen

whale sighted off Stellwagen Bank

Whale sighted on Stellwagen Bank

Captain Bob Avila of Capt. John Boats, Plymouth MA, reports that they are seeing lots of whales on Stellwagen Bank!