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The difference between national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments

Aug 10, 2017.
Robert Schwemmer/NOAA

By Alison Thompson, guest author With high diversity, resilience, and reservoirs of recreational and cultural resources, national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments seem to be one-and-the-same.  Although they are similar in names and nature, monuments and sanctuaries are different ways of protecting the treasures within their watery borders. Our National Marine Sanctuary System is…

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