Management Plan Review

An aerial view of the Olympic Coast, including undeveloped coastal forests, sandy beaches, rocky offshore islands and seastacks, and vast ocean views.

NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is revising the management plan for Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. The present plan was issued in 2011.

Over the last decade, the sanctuary's natural and cultural resources and environmental conditions have changed, creating new challenges for protecting resources and facilitating compatible use. At the same time, new tools for effective management have emerged, driven by scientific advances, technological innovation, and new partnerships. An evaluation of requirements and approaches, both current and future, ensure that we and our partners are making the most effective use of programmatic resources.

Public engagement is central to NOAA's community-based approach to managing sanctuaries. NOAA solicits public input at multiple stages throughout the revision process.

Current status

In March 2022, NOAA published the 2008-2019 Condition Report for Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. A sanctuary condition report is a tool NOAA uses to assess the status and trends of national marine sanctuary resources and will help inform the management plan revision.

How to comment

Members of the public may submit comments during the public scoping period that ends on April 3, 2023, by any of the following methods:

Electronic Submission

Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to and enter the docket number NOAA-NOS-2023-0003, click the "Comment" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach comments.


NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
Attn: Management Plan Revision
115 East Railroad Avenue, Suite #301
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Oral Comments

Present oral comments at the public scoping meetings:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023 (5 - 8 p.m. PT)

    Pacific Beach, Wash.
    Pacific Beach Elementary School Gym
    11 4th Street, Pacific Beach, Wash. 98571
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023 (5 - 8 p.m. PT)

    Forks, Wash.
    Rainforest Art Center
    35 N Forks Avenue, Forks, Wash. 98331
  • Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023 (5 - 8 p.m. PT)

    Neah Bay, Wash.
    Makah Community Gym
    1394 Bayview Avenue, Neah Bay, Wash. 98357
  • Friday, Feb. 24, 2023 (5 - 8 p.m. PT)

    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Pirate Union Building Cafeteria
    Peninsula College
    1502 E Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles, Wash. 98362
  • Monday, Feb. 27, 2023 (5 p.m. PT)

    Virtual public scoping meeting
    GoToMeeting - (Pre-registration is not required, please click this link at the start of the meeting.)

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Please note that NOAA may be taking audio recordings of the public meetings including the public comment portion of the meetings.

NOAA may end a meeting before the time noted above if all those participating have completed their oral comments.

Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NOAA. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NOAA will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/ A" in the required fields on if you wish to remain anonymous).

How to get involved and stay informed

Keep up to date on the management plan revision process, ask questions, and receive notifications when there are opportunities for public comment by requesting to be on the project's email list. Send a note to

For more information please see our FAQs page.

You may also attend public meetings of the Sanctuary Advisory Council, at which updating the management plan will be a regular topic of discussion throughout the revision process. Request to be notified about advisory council meetings by emailing

Reports and Documents

Supporting Documents

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary has a trust responsibility with four sovereign tribal governments, the Hoh, Makah, and Quileute tribes and Quinault Indian Nation, and will be engaging with each of these Coastal Treaty Tribes throughout the Management Plan Review process either through government-to-government consultation or the Intergovernmental Policy Council, or both.

Management Plan Review Process


Current Step

Public scoping period and scoping meetings
January 30 - April 3, 2023


Public comment


Develop draft management plan and environmental review documents


Release draft management plan and environmental assessment


Public review and comment on draft documents


Public comment


Prepare final management plan and environmental review documents


Publish final management plan and environmental review documents