Law enforcement continues to be raised as a significant resource management issue for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The advisory council, working groups, and public identified the need for increased law enforcement presence in the sanctuary. The February 18, 2014 meeting was devoted to law enforcement, and the Sanctuary Advisory Council developed a motion which was unanimously passed at their next meeting on April 15, 2014.
Relevant Advisory Council Meetings
Presentations on Law EnforcementAll of the following were presented February 18, 2014:
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (7,569 kb)
NOAA Office of Law Enforcement (1,043 kb)
U.S. Coast Guard (951 kb)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (3,331 kb)
Additional Reference Materials
Marine Sanctuary Penalty Schedule (318 kb)
The following Motion was passed unanimously at the April 15, 2014 meeting: Resolution of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Advocating Continued and Strengthened Support for Law Enforcement within Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (pdf, 19 kb).
Note: Law enforcement is also discussed in Section 2.3 on page 36 of the Sanctuary Advisory Council Regulatory and Zoning Alternatives Development Work-Plan Actions for Review and Recommendation (pdf, 4,464 kb).
For additional information, refer to our Enforcement page.
Priority Workplan Items
- Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection
- Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration
- Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection
- Artificial Habitats
- Permit Procedures and Adaptive Management
- Study Areas and Boundary Modifications
- Personal Watercraft Tours / Fishing Conflicts
- Water Quality
- Fishery Management Coordination