Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Library includes Photos, Videos, Documents, and Downloadable Flyers and Posters
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Library includes Photos, Videos, Documents, and Downloadable Flyers and Posters
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Library includes Photos, Videos, Documents, and Downloadable Flyers and Posters Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Library includes Photos, Videos, Documents, and Downloadable Flyers and Posters

Public Documents Index

We welcome you to download important documents that govern Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Select the links below for download.

Important documents for download are organized in the following categories:




GOVERNING AND PUBLIC DOCUMENTS

National Marine Sanctuaries Act (160k pdf)

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
Management Plan 2011
(7.7Mb pdf)

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
1994 Management Plan
(2.3Mb pdf)

Marine Mammal Protection Act (584k pdf)

Endangered Species Act (140k pdf)

Migratory Bird Treaty Act (link)

National Historic Preservation Act (link)

National Marine Sanctuary Regulations (616k pdf)

Download regulations specific to
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
(56k pdf)

National Marine Sanctuary
Strategic Plan 2005-2015
(1.9Mb pdf)

OCNMS Designation Document (64k pdf)

Full text of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Final Environmental Impact Statement - November 1993 - Volume 1 (35.3Mb pdf)
Full text of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Final Environmental Impact Statement - November 1993 - Volume 2 (27.1Mb pdf)

Treaty of Neah Bay (16k pdf)

Treaty of Olympia (16k pdf)

Washington Islands National Wildlife Refuges Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Flattery Rocks, Copalis, and Quillayute Needles National Wildlife Refuges (24.3Mb pdf)

Washington Ocean Action Plan (1.3Mb pdf)

Olympic National Park General Management Plan (link)

Facility Strategy for Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (1.7Mb pdf)

Final Shared Facilities Document (489k pdf)

Science Needs Assessment - Climate Change and Ocean Acidification (link to ONMS pdf)

Science Needs Assessment - Deep Sea Corals and Sponge Communities (link to ONMS pdf)

Science Needs Assessment - Management and Protection of Kelp Forest Systems (link to ONMS pdf)

Science Needs Assessment - Mapping and Characterization of Seafloor Habitats (link to ONMS pdf)

Science Needs Assessment - Marine Mammals and Seabirds Characterization (link to ONMS pdf)

Science Needs Assessment - Nearshore Chacterization of Resources and Processes (link to ONMS pdf)

Science Needs Assessment - Status and Trends of Intertidal Species (link to ONMS pdf)

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STATE OF THE SANCTUARIES AND CONDITION REPORTS

2014 Olympic Coast Accomplishments Report (664k pdf)
2013 Olympic Coast Accomplishments Report (702k pdf)
2012 Olympic Coast Accomplishments Report (548k pdf)
2011 Olympic Coast Accomplishments Report (536k pdf)
2010 Olympic Coast Accomplishments Report (536k pdf)
2010 State of the Sanctuaries Report (2.5Mb pdf)
2009 State of the Sanctuaries Report (3.1Mb pdf)
2007 State of the Sanctuaries Report (1Mb pdf)
2006 State of the Sanctuaries Report (8.4Mb pdf)
2005 State of the Sanctuaries Report (3.4Mb pdf)

Olympic Coast 2008 Condition Report (7.1Mb pdf)
Olympic Coast Intergovernmental Policy Council
Addendum to the Condition Report
(161k pdf)

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FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

03/02/2015
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Regulations: Correction (223k pdf)
AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).
ACTION: Correcting amendment.
SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reinstating missing paragraphs of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS) regulations that pertain to the issuance of permits. NOAA inadvertently excluded the paragraphs in the publication of a November 2011 final rule revising OCNMS permitting regulations. The reinstatement of these paragraphs will ensure continued coordination with the treaty Indian tribes whose cultural and treaty resources may be affected by activities of regulated entities. In addition, these provisions provide notice to the regulated community of NOAA's responsibilities to treaty Indian tribes whose cultural and treaty resources may be affected by a permittee's proposed activities. DATES: These regulations are effective on March 2, 2015.

01/26/2012
Overflight Regulations for the Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, Gulf of the Farallones, and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuaries (link to 160k pdf on national site)
AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).
ACTION: Final rule
SUMMARY: NOAA is amending the regulations for the Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, Gulf of the Farallones, and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuaries by requiring that motorized aircraft maintain certain minimum altitudes above specified locations within the boundaries of the listed sanctuaries and stating that failure to comply with these altitude limits is presumed to disturb marine mammals and seabirds and is a violation of the sanctuary regulations.
DATES: These regulations are effective on February 27, 2012.

11/01/2011
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Regulations Revisions (198k pdf)
AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).
ACTION: Final rule
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has conducted a review of the management plan and regulations for Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS or sanctuary), located off the outer coast of the Olympic Peninsula in the State of Washington. As a result of the review, NOAA determined that it was necessary to revise the sanctuary’s management plan and implementing regulations. NOAA is revising the OCNMS regulations to: Prohibit wastewater discharges from cruise ships; clarify the language referring to consideration of the objectives of the governing bodies of Indian tribes when issuing permits; correct the size of the sanctuary based on new area estimates (without revising the sanctuary’s actual boundaries); update of definitions; and update information such as office location. NOAA also makes additional changes to the grammar and wording of several sections of the regulations to ensure clarity and consistency with the NMSA and other sanctuaries in the National Marine Sanctuary System. DATES: Effective date: December 1, 2011.

01/14/2011
Proposed Rule; Public Availability of Draft Management Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment; Request for public comments. (104k pdf) - announces start of the 60-day public comment period for proposed regulatory changes and the draft management plan/environmental assessment.

01/04/2011
Amendments to National Marine Sanctuary Regulations Regarding Low Overflights in Designated Zones (52k pdf) - announces a 30-day extension of the public comment period, which extends to February 7, 2011

12/08/2010
Amendments to National Marine Sanctuary Regulations Regarding Low Overflights in Designated Zones (56k pdf) - announces intent to amend West Coast sanctuaries overflight regulations (with no changes to existing altitude or area restrictions) to support Federal Aviation Administration inclusion of regulations on aeronautical charts

04/27/2010
Notice of Intent to Initiate NHPA Sec. 106 Consultation Supporting Revision of the OCNMS Management Plan (44k pdf) - announces intent to coordinate National Historic Preservation Act Sec. 106 consultation with National Environmental Policy Act compliance during management plan review

09/15/2008
Notice of Intent for Management Plan Review (54k pdf) - announces start of management plan review; contains preliminary priority issues for consideration during scoping

11/27/2002
Amendments to the Area To Be Avoided Off The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (45k pdf) - includes boundary modifications and applicability to vessels 1,600 gross tons and above solely in transit

03/29/2001
Amendments to the Area To Be Avoided Off the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (20k pdf) - Notice of Intent to modify ATBA

12/27/1995
National Marine Sanctuary Program Final Rule (118k pdf) - Consolidates all NMSP regulations into 15 CFR part 922. Subpart O specific to OCMNS

02/17/1995
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Regulations (43k pdf) - corrections to boundary coordinates originally published in 1994

10/07/1994
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Confirmation of Effective Date (560k pdf) - effective date confirmed as July 22, 1994

05/11/1994
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Final Rule (2.5Mb pdf) - official Final Rule for designation of OCNMS. Contains comments and responses associated with proposed regulations, final regulations, and designation document

09/20/1991
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Regulations and Public Hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Management Plan; Proposed Rule & Notice (8.8Mb pdf) - notice of proposed designation, draft management plan, and draft environmental impact statement

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INTERGOVERNMENTAL POLICY COUNCIL

Intergovernmental Policy Council Charter (36k pdf)

Intergovernmental Policy Council Memorandum of Agreement (892k pdf)

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PRESS RELEASES

October 25, 2016
NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary announces funding for six Ocean Guardian Schools in Washington and Oregon
(55k pdf)

October 4, 2016
NOAA B-WET program awards $452,583 to Washington and Oregon organizations for environmental education
(71k pdf)

June 2, 2016
Public invited to "Get into Your Sanctuary" activities June 17-26
(86k pdf)

September 22, 2015
NOAA B-WET program awards $450,000 to Washington and Oregon organizations for environmental education
(71k pdf)

June 19, 2015
Get Into Your Sanctuary Day!
(51k pdf)

June 19, 2015
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary announces 2015 Volunteers of the Year
(45k pdf)

June 2, 2015
Sanctuary deploys oceanographic moorings for 2015 field season
(31k pdf)

September 30, 2011
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Publishes Final Management Plan/Environmental Assessment and Final Rule
(link)


February 4, 2011
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Regulations Revisions - Extension of Public Comment Period
(49k pdf)

January 14, 2011
Proposed rule; Public Availability of Draft Management Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment; Request for public comments
(104k pdf)

January, 2009
Sanctuary Advisory Council holds issue prioritization workshop
(108k pdf)

December 15, 2008
NOAA Begins Review of Comments on Present and Future of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
(16k pdf)

September, 2008
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Holds Public Scoping Meetings
(56k pdf)

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