Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Resource Protection section includes Regulations, Incident Response, Marine Debris, Wildlife Disturbance, Water Quality, Habitat Protection, and Permits
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Resource Protection section includes Regulations, Incident Response, Marine Debris, Wildlife Disturbance, Water Quality, Habitat Protection, and Permits
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Resource Protection section includes Regulations, Incident Response, Marine Debris, Wildlife Disturbance, Water Quality, Habitat Protection, and Permits Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Resource Protection section includes Regulations, Incident Response, Marine Debris, Wildlife Disturbance, Water Quality, Habitat Protection, and Permits

Habitat Protection

looking for invasive species Habitats are where marine organisms dwell, find food, shelter, and reproduce. Natural populations of marine organisms require healthy habitats to survive. One of the purposes of our National Marine Sanctuary System is "to maintain the natural biological communities in the national marine sanctuaries, and to protect, and, where appropriate, restore and enhance natural habitats, populations, and ecological processes;" Sec 301(b) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary hosts a variety of marine habitats, including the intertidal shoreline, shallow nearshore areas, the pelagic or open water realm, and deep ocean seafloor and submarine canyons. These habitats are complex, with a combination of geological (mud, sand, and rocks), biological (kelp, sponges, corals, other organisms), and physical (waves and currents) features. Protection of these marine habitats from human activities causing physical damage, reduced complexity or other degradation is one primary responsibility of national marine sanctuaries.

sorting invasive species Habitat protection actions are supported by research and monitoring efforts, and are reinforced through outreach to inform citizens and minimize habitat impacts. Effective management for habitat protection relies on threat assessment to understand what activities may degrade habitats and identification of marine habitats of special importance, such as critical habitat for endangered species or essential fish habitat. Invasive species also can pose a threat to marine habitats. As one of many organizations with responsibility for managing human behaviors, the sanctuary works collaboratively with other state, federal and tribal governments and regional management authorities to identify and implement appropriate actions to protect habitats.



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