Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA )

What is Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA )?

Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA ) meaning the MPRSA (1972) provides protection for many coral reefs by authorizing NOAA to designate areas as marine sanctuaries and promulgate regulations for the conservation and management of those areas. Since the Act was passed, thirteen sanctuaries have been designated, several of which contain coral reef communities. Coral research, monitoring, and management activities are conducted in these sanctuaries, as well as in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve, which is currently (June 2004) under consideration to become the nation’s fourteenth sanctuary

 

reference: Coral Reef Information System – Glossary

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