For general questions regarding the sanctuary nomination process, please contact:Matt Brookhart
For specific interest in nominating areas:
If NOAA takes no designation action on a nomination in the inventory, the nomination will be re-evaluated at five years. If a nomination remains responsive to the sanctuary nomination process criteria and considerations described in the 2014 Sanctuary Nomination Process final rule after five years, NOAA believes it may be appropriate to allow it to remain on the inventory for another five years. The process for which NOAA will use to evaluate a nomination as it approaches its five year anniversary on the inventory is described in the Clarification of Procedures for the Sanctuary Nomination Process.