Monument plan finally available

Feb 28, 2021

The long awaited draft management plan for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument was released Wednesday—10 years overdue—and now the public comment period begins. President George W. Bush created the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument on January 6, 2009. His Presidential Proclamation 8335 included a two-year deadline for the Interior and Commerce secretaries to prepare the management plan and write regulations to provide for scientific exploration and research, public education and outreach, and sustainable fisheries in the Monument. The draft plan was prepared by the two federal departments in cooperation with the Commonwealth government. The plan defines agency management roles and responsibilities and lays out the goals, objectives, and proposed management activities for the next 15 years. The plan also includes an environmental assessment to evaluate the potential impacts of implementing the proposed management actions. Public comments will be accepted through May 25, 2021. For more information and to submit comments, go to the Federal Register notice.