Thursday, November 30, 2023

All Public Meetings On Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary To Be Held Virtually


The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced this week that all four of its public meetings on a proposed National Marine Sanctuary along New York State’s eastern Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River will be held online, due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first two meetings were originally scheduled to take place in Oswego and Clayton, New York and the subsequent two meetings online.

According to a notice published this week in the Federal Register, however:

“When the notice was issued, NOAA included a caveat to the in-person meetings stating ‘A virtual meeting platform may substitute if public safety concerns remain to prevent the spread of COVID-19.’

“NOAA has determined that the two meetings previously scheduled for August 18, 2021 and August 19, 2021 will now be conducted virtually.”

To register to attend one of the virtual meetings, go to

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.