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Marine Sanctuaries and Parks

Douros, W.J. and A.P. DeVogelaere (2007)

In: M.W. Denny and S.D. Gaines (eds.), Encyclopedia of Tidepools and Rocky Shores, University of California Press, Berkeley, California. p. 348-352


Most nations set aside sites that protect nationally significant areas. Many include intertidal communities. In the United States, such nationally protected sites are called National Parks, National Monuments, and National Marine Sanctuaries. Protected areas provide distinct challenges to managers. Although they typically have a mandate to protect intertidal resources, managers often must also promote human access and visitation. Many human impacts to intertidal communities come from human access. Management issues related to rocky shores include public benefits and human uses.

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