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Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 09:02:44 +0000
From: Jessica Pitelka <pitelka@glerl.noaa.gov>
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Subject: GLIN==>> Final Thunder Bay Sanctuary Proposal Released
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Matt Stout, NOAA Public Affairs
(202) 482-6090

Ellen Brody, Proposed Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
(734) 741-2270

FINAL PROPOSAL RELEASED FOR THUNDER BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released
its final proposal to designate Thunder Bay and surrounding waters on
Lake Huron as the 13th National Marine Sanctuary.  The proposal,
detailed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan
(FEIS/MP) for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, includes a
five-year management plan and draft final regulations as well as
responds to public comments received during the sanctuary designation
process. The plan will be mailed to the proposed sanctuary's mailing
list and also made available to the public.

Thunder Bay contains a nationally important collection of historic
shipwrecks that represents maritime heritage of regional, national and
international significance.  This would be the first national marine
sanctuary to focus solely upon a large collection of underwater cultural
resources.  Thunder Bay would also be the first sanctuary to be
designated in the Great Lakes.

"Thunder Bay's historic maritime significance would be a great asset to
the country's national marine sanctuary system," said Ellen Brody,
project coordinator for the proposed sanctuary.  "NOAA is very excited
about the potential inclusion of Thunder Bay into this system."

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary would establish a partnership
among the local community, the state of Michigan and NOAA to provide
long-term protection and management for the site's underwater cultural
resources.

"NOAA has worked very closely with the state and local governments,
communities and organizations in the area during the entire designation
process.  The Sanctuary Advisory Council, in particular, has provided
invaluable input into this project.  We are eager to continue our
partnership with the local communities and the state to preserve the
impressive collection of underwater cultural resources in the area,"
said Brody.

National marine sanctuary designation would bring national attention to
this site and would establish research, monitoring and education
programs to improve public awareness and appreciation for the site's
culturally-significant resources.  Management of the sanctuary would be
guided by the advice of a Sanctuary Advisory Council, representing local
and regional interests.

NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program celebrates 27 years of
preserving our nation's special marine environments.  Today, 12
sanctuaries protect coral reefs, open ocean environments, kelp forests,
historic shipwrecks, and countless species of marine plants and
animals.  In addition, marine sanctuaries help communities balance
long-term protection of the marine environments with continued use and
enjoyment.  More information on the National Marine Sanctuary Program is
available on the Internet at www.sanctuaries.nos.noaa.gov.

Publication of the FEIS/MP starts a 30-day "cooling off" period.  Any
written comments or questions may be addressed to Ellen Brody at NOAA,
2205 Commonwealth Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2945 (telephone:
734/741-2270; email: ellen.brody@noaa.gov).  Following this 30-day
period, NOAA will publish the final regulations in the Federal Register,
which starts a 45-day period of continuous Congressional session.
Assuming no objection by the Governor, the Sanctuary will be designated,
most likely in late 1999 or early 2000.

Copies of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan
are available at the following locations:

Alcona County:  Alcona County Review lobby, 111 Lake Street,
Harrisville, MI

Presque Isle County:   Presque Isle County Advance lobby, 104 South
Third,
Rogers City, MI

Alpena County:   Chamber of Commerce Building, 235 West Chisholm,
Alpena, MI, and The Alpena News lobby, 130 Park Place, Alpena, MI
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