Friday, May 17, 2024

NOAA Seeking Public Input On Florida Keys ‘Restoration Blueprint’


The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking the public for input on a new “restoration blueprint” for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

“The clear, blue and turquoise waters of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary contain part of the only coral barrier reef in the continental United States, the largest documented contiguous seagrass community in the Northern Hemisphere, mangrove-fringed shorelines, hard-bottom habitat, sand and mud flats, and an array of submerged historical and cultural resources. Each of the components of the 3,800 square-mile sanctuary are ecologically connected, requiring a comprehensive plan for restoring and managing the resources within these waters both individually and cohesively.”

NOAA undertook the first assessment of its management plan for the sanctuary since 1997, and collected public comments on an initial draft regulation through January 31st, 2020. Those comments were distilled down to a new proposal, called a “restoration blueprint,” that NOAA now wants the public to review.

All the relevant documents are available at, and comments are welcome until October 26th, 2022.

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.