Research Technical Report
A PDF version of this report is available here:
Scientific Research Plan for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
MBNMS Research Advisory Committee (1993)
Technical Report, 59pp.
The ultimate purpose of the MBNMS research program is to further the goal of resource protection. This will be accomplished by compiling existing information and developing a focused research and monitoring program to address management concerns. The challenge lies in identifying the primary threats and perturbations to the Sanctuary resources and monitoring the appropriate indicators of those perturbations. When changes are detected, research projects will be initiated to determine the causes of changes, and models will be developed to predict future changes. Management strategies will be based on the results of monitoring, experiments, and models. From continued monitoring we can determine the effectiveness of any management strategies. Throughout this process, information will be provided to scientists and policy makers to improve our understanding of the environment and foster cooperative research. This process will provide Sanctuary management with the information needed to make sound, scientific decisions to ensure the continued health of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.