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Office for Coastal Management, 2022: National Marine Sanctuaries Act,

Item Identification

Title: National Marine Sanctuaries Act
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2018-08-08

These data represents geographic terms used within the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA). The NMSA was originally enacted as Title III of the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972. The primary objective of the NMSA is to protect marine resources, such as coral reefs, sunken historical vessels, unique habitats, and submerged lands. National marine sanctuaries consist of designated marine waters, submerged lands, and can extend up to the mean high water line. Marine waters include those within the 200 nm Exclusive Economic Zone as well as state waters. For sanctuaries established within state waters or submerged lands, the Governor of the States has the authority to veto the sanctuary, regulations, or particular terms of designation. The NMSA also provides authority for cooperation with other nations and organizations in special marine areas located outside of the United States. When investigating geo-regulatory boundaries near the boundary edges, users should consult the most up-to-date applicable jurisdictional boundaries from all respective authoritative sources.


Date enacted: 10/23/1972

Codification: 16 U.S.C. Sec. 1431 et seq.

Authority: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


To support coastal and ocean planning and other activities pursuant to the Energy Policy Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Rivers and Harbors Act and the Submerged Lands Act.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category boundaries
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
ISO 19115 Topic Category planningCadastre
None federal georegulation
None georegulation
None marine boundaries
None National Marine Sanctuaries Act
None ocean planning
None regulation

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Alaska
None American Samoa
None Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
None East Coast
None Great Lakes
None Guam
None Hawaii
None National
None Puerto Rico
None U.S. Virgin Islands
None United States
None West Coast

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Distribution Liability:

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 753525
Date Effective From: 2018-05-09
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 753523
W° Bound: -180
E° Bound: 180
N° Bound: 74.708841
S° Bound: -17.555007

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 753522
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2018

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

For coastal and ocean planning

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 753531
Download URL:

Distribution 2

CC ID: 753535
Download URL:
Description: Data Registry

Data Quality


The attributes in this dataset are believed to be accurate.

Completeness Report:

Spatial and attribute properties are believed to be complete. Geometric thresholds from original data are preserved. No tests have been completed for exhaustiveness.

Conceptual Consistency:

These data are believed to be logically consistent. Geometry is topologically clean.



Clean Water Act

CC ID: 753539
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: Office for Coastal Management, OCM
Publish Date: 2018-05-09
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016-11-09
Citation URL:

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 753540

1. Downloaded the Clean Water Act (CWA) from Marine Cadastre. The authority of the NMSA shares the same geographical extent as the CWA (i.e. from the shoreline to the 200NM Exclusice Economic Zone).

2. Dissolved the three component geographies of the Clean Water Act into one.

3. Modified attribute values according to data dictionary and related to the NMSA.

Process Date/Time: 2018-03-01 00:00:00

Child Items

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Rubric Score Type Title
Entity National Marine Sanctuaries Act

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 52598
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:52598
Metadata Record Created By: Anna Verrill
Metadata Record Created: 2018-05-09 15:40+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Jesse Brass
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-01-11 21:26+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-07-19
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year