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Title and Description:
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report
Partial Update: A New Assessment of the State of Sanctuary Resources

This document provides a partial update to Monterey Bay NationalMarine Sanctuary’s 2009 Condition Report. The 2009 report provided a summary of resources in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS or sanctuary), pressures on those resources, current conditions and trends, and management responses to reduce or mitigate human pressures. Specifically, the State of Sanctuary Resources section of the 2009 Condition Report presented responsesto a set of 17 questions posed to all sanctuaries.
These responses provided information on the status and trends of water quality, habitat, living resources and maritime archaeological resources, and the human activities that affect them. These 17 questions were completed for three marine environments: (1.) estuarine, (2.) nearshore and (3.) offshore. The 2009 report can be downloaded from the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries website.

This report provides an updated assessment of the health of the sanctuary in the State of Sanctuary Resources section. Sanctuary staff, with input from regional scientific experts, re-evaluated statusand trend ratings for 162 of the questions. Each question was reevaluated for accuracy and completeness, given new data sets, published literature and expert opinion that have become available since 2009. In most cases, new information and updated narratives are provided for each question, and many include new status and trend ratings. Trend ratings are generally based on trends since 2009. This re-evaluation was completed for the three aforementioned marine environments: (1.) estuarine, (2.) nearshore and (3.) offshore. Furthermore, a fourth marine environment, seamount, was evaluated for the first time in this update due to the addition of Davidson Seamount Management Zone to the sanctuary in November 2008 (Figure 1).

ID349 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date: 1/8/2016
Actual Dissemination Date: 1/8/2015
Contact Person: Kim Jenkins NOAA Locator

Date First Posted in Peer Review Agenda: 4/20/2016
Estimated Peer Review Start Date: 7/17/2015
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Peer reviewers will be designated by the agency.

Will the public, including scientific or professional societies, be asked to nominate potential peer reviewers? no.

Will there be opportunities for the public to comment on the work product to be peer reviewed? no.

How and When? NA..

Will the agency provide significant and relevant public comments to the peer reviewers before they conduct their review? yes

Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review: Specialists in four areas - Living resources (tropical coral reef communities), benthic habitats (focus on tropical coastal habitats), water quality, and archaeological resources (e.g. shipwrecks).

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