The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries manages 13 national marine sanctuaries, encompassing more than 18,000 square miles of ocean and waters in the Great Lakes, from Washington State to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. Sanctuaries range in size from less than one to more than 5,300 square miles. In addition, the sanctuary program manages the 130,000 square-mile Northwestern Hawaiian Island Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve. Taken together, the area of the 14 sites is approximately 20,000 square miles, larger than the total area managed by the National Park Service.
Redhorse provides administrative, technical, policy, management, and marine support services to help ONMS accomplish its mission. Redhorse has conducted analysis and provided recommendations on management plans and policy issues. We also support ONMS strategic planning activities, including editing and review of strategic planning documents.
Redhorse has conducted socioeconomic and cultural resource assessments; provided maritime archaeological expertise in support of the maintenance of Resources and Undersea Threats (RUST) and RULET databases; coordinated site Condition Reports, and assisted in designing, implementing, and maintaining the system-wide science monitoring plans (System-Wide Integrated Monitoring [SWiM] and Observing Systems). The work has also involved the design of outreach and educational materials that synthesized research, monitoring, scientific accomplishments, and site activities, and the delivery of this information through multimedia outlets to diverse audiences.