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OCT 15 2003
COMMANDANT INSTRUCTION 16004.3A
COAST GUARD PARTICIPATION IN THE MARINE SANCTUARY PROGRAM
(a) Abstract of Operations Reports, COMDTINST M3123.7 (series)
(b) Maritime Law Enforcement Manual (MLEM), COMDTINST M16247.1 (series)
(c) COMDT COGARD Washington DC 261302Z SEP 02
1. PURPOSE. To provide policy guidance for Coast Guard participation in the National Marine Sanctuary
2. ACTION. Area and district commanders, commanders of maintenance and logistics commands,
commanding officers of headquarters units, assistant commandants for directorates, Chief Counsel, and
special staff offices at Headquarters shall ensure compliance with the provisions of this Instruction.
Internet release is authorized.
3. DIRECTIVES AFFECTED. Coast Guard Participation in the National Marine Sanctuary Program,
COMDTINST 16004.3, and National Marine Sanctuary Law Enforcement Program, COMDTINST
16214.2, are cancelled.
a. In 1972, in response to a growing awareness of the intrinsic environmental and cultural value of our
coastal waters, Congress passed the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (16 U.S.C.
1431, et seq.). The Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (NMSA) authorizes the
Secretary of Commerce to designate discrete areas of the marine environment as national marine
sanctuaries to promote comprehensive management of their unique ecological, historical,
recreational and aesthetic resources.
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