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The National Marine Sanctuary System

By Basta, Daniel J.

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Book Id: WPLBN0000693390
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: The National Marine Sanctuary System  
Author: Basta, Daniel J.
Language: English
Subject: Science., Ecology & environment, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S.)
Collections: National Oceanographic Data Center
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Publisher: Government Reference Publication


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Excerpt: For approach distances when sighting northern right whales are also incorporated into all materials. The National Marine Fisheries Service, in consultation with the sanctuary, issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for whale watching in the Northeast. Humpback Whale Research Funded--Stellwagen Bank?s importance as a major feeding ground for marine mammals was one of the primary reasons for the sanctuary?s designation. The information archive on the whales of Stellwagen Bank is extensive. Many peer-reviewed research publications have been generated based on that archive. The sanctuary has committed funding to several whale research institutions to continue the maintenance and update of this database. In addition, the sanctuary has supported monthly cruises to document and identify cetaceans and to study whale feeding behaviors and sand lance populations. Partnership with New England Aquarium--The New England Aquarium agreed to serve as the Boston area Sanctuary Visitor Center. Outdoor exhibit panels focusing on sanctuary resources and conservation issues were created for the Aquarium?s outdoor mall and whale watch boats. The Aquarium?s Immersive Theater currently offers a 15-minute interactive, multi-screen video called ?Storm Over Stellwagen.? The national sanctuary system contracted for an addition of a brief film trailer to more fully describe the entire system of sanctuaries.

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Table of Contents Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary The Sanctuary... The slow retreat of massive Ice Age glaciers formed what is today Stellwagen Bank, a sand and gravel plateau at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay. There, ocean currents sweep water in and out of the bay, with the bank partially blocking the opening and funneling the flow into relatively narrow passageways. Nutrient-rich waters make this an area of high marine productivity and a multilayered food web with species ranging from single-celled phytoplankton to great whales. The presence of feeding whales in the sanctuary draws an estimated one million whalewatchers a year, intent on witnessing the acrobatics of the gregarious but endangered humpback whale.


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