Pursuant to Executive Order 13795 - Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, signed on April 28, 2017 - the Department of Commerce is conducting a review of all designations and expansions of National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments since April 28, 2007. This Notice identifies 11 National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments subject to the review and invites comments to inform the review. This notice of review is separate from the review of marine and terrestrial National Monuments under Executive Order 13792, and includes the following 6 additional National Marine Sanctuaries: Thunder Bay, American Samoa, Monterey Bay, Greater Farallones, Cordell Bank, Channel Islands.
*The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association formally reopened the comment period on this document for an additional 15 days, beginning on July 31, 2017. The original comment period closed on July 26, 2017.