NOAA’s National Ocean Service has announced a 30 day public comment period on a revision to the Chesapeake Bay Virginia National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan. Four sites along the York River comprise the Chesapeake Bay Virginia National Estuarine Research Reserve: Sweet Hall Marsh, Taskinas Creek, the Catlett Islands, and the Goodwin Islands.
The reserve has been operating in partnership with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science under a management plan approved in 1991. Proposed revisions to the plan include a boundary expansion, a revised geographic vision for the reserve, new facilities, and updated programmatic objectives.
The revised management plan describes how the strengths of the reserve will focus on four areas relevant to the Chesapeake Bay: functions and linkages of land-margin ecosystems; ecosystem vulnerability to climate and human-induced stressors; water quality and aquatic stressors; and integrated ocean observing systems. For more information, read the Federal Register notice.
source: NOAA Fish News