Under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA) all Federal agencies taking actions likely to destroy, cause the loss of, or injure a sanctuary resource are required to consult. Sanctuary resources are defined as any living or nonliving resource that contributes to the conservation, recreational, ecological, historical, educational, cultural, archeological, scientific, or aesthetic value of the sanctuary. Permits may include recommendations to protect sanctuary resources by eliminating, reducing, or mitigating potential injury to sanctuary resources.
Federal actions that are likely to destroy, cause the loss of, or injure a sanctuary resource
Statute or Regulations:
National Marine Sanctuaries Act Section 304(d) Oceans Act Section 2202(e)