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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BD20 Publication ID: Spring 2014 
Title: Re-Establishing the Sanctuary Nomination Process 
Abstract: NOAAs ONMS is announcing that it is re-establishing the sanctuary nomination process and is proposing to amend its regulations on nominating and evaluating sites for eligibility as national marine sanctuaries. This action would replace the inactive Sanctuary Evaluation List (SEL) with a new opportunity for local communities and other interested parties to provide NOAA with robust, criteria-driven proposals for new national marine sanctuaries. To implement this process, NOAA is seeking public comment on proposed regulatory changes related to sanctuary nomination and designation procedures, and on the criteria by which the agency would analyze nominations for potential new national marine sanctuaries. Once these criteria have been made final, NOAA intends to solicit nominations for areas of the marine and Great Lakes environments that satisfy those criteria, and may be considered for designation as a national marine sanctuary. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 15 CFR 922   
Legal Authority: 16 USC 1431 et seq   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/28/2013  78 FR 38848   
Final Action  06/00/2014 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Matt Brookhart
Acting Division Chief, Conservation Policy and Planning Division
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 713-3125