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National Ocean Service guidance documents

Doc ID Document Name / Link Summary Topics of interest Issued Date Posted Date
NOAA-NOS-0001 ONMS PMNM Permit Best Management Practices and General Conditions Conditions provided to PMNM permittees to comply with while conducting activities within Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (does not include Monument Expansion Area). PMNM Permit Conditions unknown unknown
NOAA-NOS-0002 ONMS NOAA's Regulation of Fishing in National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS and NMFS) Describes how NOAA will administer the regulation of fishing in National Marine Sanctuaries as mandated by the National Marine Sanctuaries Act and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. fishing in national marine sanctuaries July 2008 July 2008
NOAA-NOS-0003 ONMS Policy and Permit Guidance for Submarine Cable Projects Defines and describes how the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) will consider proposals to install and maintain submarine cables within national marine sanctuaries. submarine cables in national marine sanctuaries 2011 2011
NOAA-NOS-0004 ONMS Tomales Bay Vessel Management Program Although mooring installation is still a prohibited activity, the establishment of the Vessel Management Plan in April 2013 and subsequent Mooring Program now allows for a mechanism to permit moorings. The program includes specific criteria for where moorings may be located on the bay, introduces mandatory specifications for mooring tackle, and requirements for the inspection and maintenance of moorings. vessel management program in Monterey Bay NMS August 25, 2017 Aug. 2017
NOAA-NOS-0005

National Marine Sanctuary Permits

ONMS Instructions for Submitting Applications for National Marine Sanctuary Permits and Authorizations

Guidance on how to submit a permit application to conduct a prohibited activity in a national marine sanctuary permits July 2018

July 2018

NOAA-NOS-0006 ONMS Overview of Conducting Consultations Pursuant to Section 304(d) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (16 U.S.C. 1434(d)) The primary purpose of this document is to assist Federal agencies in complying with the consultation requirements of section 304(d) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (16 U.S.C. § 1431 et seq.; NMSA). NMSA 304(d) federal agency consultation September 2009 Sept. 2009
NOAA-NOS-0007 ONMS Advice for Pilots Using Copalis State Airport To protect seabirds and marine mammals, Federal Regulations prohibit disturbing wildlife in the sanctuary by operating aircraft below 2,000 feet, within one nautical mile of the coast and offshore rocks and islands. Failure to maintain a minimum altitude of 2,000 feet above ground level over any such waters is presumed to disturb marine mammals or seabirds (15 CFR Part 922.152.) overflight guidance surrounding Olympic Coast NMS 2017 2017
NOAA-NOS-0008 ONMS Final Notice of Applicability of Special Use Permit Requirements to Certain Categories of Activities Conducted Within the National Marine Sanctuary System Revises the list of categories of activities subject to the special use permit requirements of Section 310 of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. permits May 3, 2013 May 2013
NOAA-NOS-0009 ONMS Final Notice of a New Category of Special Use Permit Related to the Operation of Desalination Facilities Producing Potable Water for Consumption Adds a new category of special use permit related to the operation of desalination facilities permits September 7, 2017 Sept. 2017
NOAA-NOS-0010 ONMS Final Notice of Fee Calculations for Special Use Permits ONMS' clarification of the methods, formulas, and rationale for the calculations it will use in order to assess fees associated with special use permits (SUPs). permit fee calculation November 19, 2015 Nov. 2015
NOAA-NOS-0011 ONMS Federal Register Notice Fair Market Value Analysis for a Fiber Optic Cable Permit in National Marine Sanctuaries Notice is given of the availability of the subject final report, which describes the methodology by which NOAA will assess fair market value for submarine cables in national marine sanctuaries. fair market valuation of fiber optic cables in national marine sanctuaries August 28, 2002 Aug. 2002
NOAA-NOS-0012 ONMS Clarification of Procedures for the Sanctuary Nomination Process This document clarifies procedures for the Sanctuary Nomination Process (SNP) established in 2014. Specifically, ONMS informs the public of how it intends to treat nominations that have been accepted to the inventory of sites for potential designation as national marine sanctuaries and have been on the inventory for five years. sanctuary nomination process November 13, 2019 Nov. 2019
NOAA-NOS-0013 ONMS Sanctuary Advisory Council Handbook This implementation handbook is intended to provide sanctuary staff, advisory council members, and the general public with information about national marine sanctuary advisory councils. This handbook provides information on how to establish, operate, and resolve issues associated with advisory councils. ONMS Sanctuary Advisory Council handbook 2010 2010
NOAA-NOS-0014 ONMS Sanctuary Nomination Process Guide guidance for applicants on how to fill out a nomination package to nominate an area of marine or Great Lakes waters for national marine sanctuary designation Sanctuary nomination process 2014 2014
NOAA-NOS-0015 Monument Management Board Policy on Sustenance Fishing in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Provides monument-wide policy for sustenance fishing sustenance fishing in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument January 4, 2012 Jan. 2012
NOAA-NOS-0016 ONMS Guidelines for Desalination Plants in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Provides non-regulatory guidelines developed to help ensure that any future desalination plants in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary will be properly sited, designed, and operated in a manner that results in minimal impacts to the marine environment. desalination plants May 2010 May 2010
NOAA-NOS-0017 ONMS Policy Guidance on Human-Induced Acoustic Impacts on Marine Life Presents how ONMS will address the issue of human-induced acoustics impacts on marine life, given the ONMS' best understanding of the issue and availability of response options acoustic impacts on marine life March 2009 Mar. 2009
NOAA-NOS-0018 ONMS Policy Guidance on Invasive Species Impacts on Marine Life Indicates how ONMS will address the issue of invasive species impacts on marine life in national marine sanctuaries invasive spp impacts on marine life March 2009 Mar. 2009
NOAA-NOS-0019 ONMS Policy Guidance on Marine Debris Impacts on Marine Life Presents how ONMS will address the issue of marine debris and its impact on the resources of national marine sanctuaries, given the ONMS' best understanding of the issue and availability of response options marine debris impacts on marine life March 2009 Mar. 2009
NOAA-NOS-0020 ONMS Climate Change Policy Guidance Presents how ONMS will address the issue of climate change impacts on marine life, given the ONMS' best understanding of the issue and available responses. climate change March 2009 Mar. 2009
NOAA-NOS-0021 ONMS Restoration Guidelines for Coral Reefs and Associated Habitats in FKNMS Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary has developed guidelines for issuing restoration permits in the sanctuary coral reef restoration June 5, 2019 June 2019
NOAA-NOS-0022 NCCOS Hypoxia and Harmful Algal Bloom Events of National Significance in Marine Waters NOAA’s HHENS policy outlines criteria for determining whether a HAB or hypoxia event is of national significance. The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance and transparency for NOAA’s evaluation of requests for HHENS determinations. hypoxia and harmful algal blooms pending n/a
NOAA-NOS-0023 Coastal Zone Management Act Section 309 Enhancement Program and Guidance FY2021-2025 Guidance to state and territorial coastal management programs about the Section 309 Enhancement Program assessment and strategy cycle and complements the Section 309 regulations (15 C.F.R. sec. 923, subpart K). Coastal Management June 2019 June 2019
NOAA-NOS-0024 Guidance for State/ Territory Expenditure of Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program Implementation funds This document provides guidance from the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) to State and Territory Coastal Management Programs on the use of grant funds for the implementation of state Coastal Nonpoint Programs (CNPs) developed pursuant to Section 6217 of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990 (CZARA). Coastal Nonpoint Pollution March 2006 Mar. 2006
NOAA-NOS-0025 Coastal Zone Management Act, Section 306A Guidance The guidance describes CZMA section 306A eligibility requirements, allowable uses of section 306A funds, section 306A application requirements, and information that the state CMP shall retain in its files. Public Access November 2019 Nov. 2019
NOAA-NOS-0026 Incorporating Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Programs into State and Territorial Coastal Management Programs Guidance on incorporation of states approved coastal nonpoint pollution plan into state coastal management programs. Coastal Nonpoint Pollution September 10, 2003 Sept. 2003
NOAA-NOS-0027 CZMA Performance Measurement System: Coastal Management Program Guidance This document provides updated guidance to Coastal Management Programs (CMPs) on requirements and eligible activities for reporting through the Coastal Zone Management Act Performance Measurement System (CZMAPMS). Coastal Management April 2019 Apr. 2019
NOAA-NOS-0028 Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program: Program Development and Approval Guidance Guidance for states in developing and implementing their coastal nonpoint programs. It describes the requirements that must be met, including: the geographic scope of the program; the pollutant sources to be addressed; the types of management measures used; the establishment of critical areas; technical assistance, public participation, and administrative coordination; and, the process for program submission and Federal approval. The document also contains the criteria by which NOAA and EPA will review the states' submissions. Coastal Nonpoint Pollution 1993 early 2000s
NOAA-NOS-0029 Flexibility for State Coastal Nonpoint Programs This document provides additional information on: the purpose and requirements of conditional program approval; expected timeframes for program development and implementation; flexibility in implementing the program; expectations for the geographic scope of programs; the range of acceptable enforceable policies and mechanisms; and, the overall process that NOAA and EPA will undertake for program approval. Coastal Nonpoint Pollution March 1995 2early 2000s
NOAA-NOS-0030 Final Administrative Changes for the Coastal Nonpoint Program Guidance These Administrative Changes provide guidance to the States on how NOAA and EPA
intend to exercise their discretion in implementing the Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control
Program.
Coastal Nonpoint Pollution October 1998 early 2000s
NOAA-NOS-0031 Enforceable Policies and Mechanisms for State Coastal Nonpoint Programs Guidance on criteria OCM will consider when approving program elements for which states have proposed voluntary or incentive-based programs, backed by existing state enforcement authorities. Coastal Nonpoint Pollution January 2001 early 2000s
NOAA-NOS-0032 Policy Clarification on Overlap of Coastal Nonpoint Programs with Phase I and II Storm Water Regulations Clarifies which activities no longer are subject to requirements of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990 (CZARA) Section 6217 Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program due to their coverage in the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permit program (Phase I and II). Coastal Nonpoint Pollution 2002 early 2000s
NOAA-NOS-0033 Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program Final Guidelines These guidelines establish eligibility, procedural, and programmatic
requirements for participation in the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program
(CELCP)
Land Conservation June 2003 early 2000s
NOAA-NOS-0034 Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) Grants and Federal Consistency Provides information regarding the review of Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) grants under the Coastal
Zone Management Act (CZMA) federal consistency provision.
Land Conservation August 2004 Aug 2004
NOAA-NOS-0035 Coastal Zone Management Act Section 312: Evaluation Process Provides information on how OCM will conduct an evaluation of state Coastal Management Plans pursuant to Section 312. Coastal Management March 2013 Mar. 2013
NOAA-NOS-0036 Reporting Guidance for Coastal Zone Management Act, Section 312 Evaluation Metrics and Recommendations This document provides guidance to Coastal Management Programs (CMPs) and National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs) on requirements for reporting on their Section 312 evaluation metrics and the status of evaluation recommendations (necessary actions, program suggestions, and recommendations) Coastal Management 2019 2019
NOAA-NOS-0037 State Beneficial Use Policies for Dredging Projects that Would Require the Project Proponent to Obtain Alternative Sources of Material Guidance to state Coastal Management Programs in regards to developing a dredging policy for the federally approved coastal management program. Dredging December 18, 2003 Dec 2003
NOAA-NOS-0038 National Estuarine Research Reserve System: Management Plan Guidance This document provides guidance to National Estuarine Research Reserves on the development of Management Plans for the Reserves. Coastal Management 2013 2013
NOAA-NOS-0039 Memo Clarifying CZARA Operating Onsite Disposal Systems Management Measure Provides guidance regarding addressing the inspection element of the Operating Onsite Disposal System Management Measure under the Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program. Coastal Nonpoint Pollution December 2019 Dec. 2019
NOAA-NOS-0040 Memo to Inform Decision-making for Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program Provides clarification on several policy issues related to development and approval of state nonpoint plans under the coastal nonpoint pollution Control Program. Coastal Nonpoint Pollution November 2001 early 2000s
NOAA-NOS-0041 Memo Clarifying Coastal Zone Management Act, Section 312, Necessary Action Process Provides guidance on addressing Section 312 Evaluation Necessary Actions related to Coastal Nonpoint Program Development Coastal Nonpoint Pollution November 2015 Nov. 2015
NOAA-NOS-0042 NERRS System-Wide Monitoring Program Plan Development and Implementation plan for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System's System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) Coastal Data Protocols September 2011 Sept. 2011
NOAA-NOS-0043 NERRS Sentinel Site Guidance Concept paper and data protocols for the sentinel site application module (SSAM-1) developed through the National Estuarine Research Reserve system. Coastal Data Protocols 2016 2016
NOAA-NOS-0044 NERRS Coastal Training Program Performance Monitoring Manualoffsite link Framework for the National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Coastal Training Program's performance measurement system. Guidance on reporting performance measures and developing measurable outcomes and success stories. Coastal Training 2014 2014
NOAA-NOS-0045 NERRS Site Profile Guidance This document provides guidance on the development of Site Profiles for National Estuarine Research Reserves Coastal Data Protocols unknown unknown
NOAA-NOS-0046 CZMA Federal Consistency Overview An information and educational overview of the CZMA federal consistency provision. It is not an enforceable document or intended to establish policy and should not be cited for CZMA compliance purposes. CZMA Federal Consistency Late 1990s early 2000s
NOAA-NOS-0047 CZMA Federal Consistency Quick Reference A brief information and educational reference document of the CZMA federal consistency provision. It is not an enforceable document or intended to establish policy and should not be cited for CZMA compliance purposes. CZMA Federal Consistency May 2018 May 2018
NOAA-NOS-0048 Mediation under the Coastal Zone Management Act A brief information and educational reference document of mediations by OCM and the Secretary of Commerce between states and federal agencies on CZMA federal consistency issues. It is not an enforceable document or intended to establish policy and should not be cited for CZMA compliance purposes. CZMA Federal Consistency 2013 2013
NOAA-NOS-0049 Interstate Consistency under the CZMA - Fact Sheet A brief information and educational reference document of interstate consistency under the CZMA federal consistency provision. It is not an enforceable document or intended to establish policy and should not be cited for CZMA compliance purposes. CZMA Federal Consistency 2007 2007