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CINMS Objectives

In light of the numerous uses of the CINMS, managing the Sanctuary's resources is a difficult task. Sound management is necessary to reduce various potential threats present in the area. These threats include, but are not limited to, the possibility of oil spills from nearby oil and gas development facilities; vehicle pollution (noise, chemical, garbage) from busy shipping lanes; non-point source pollution (anthropogenic chemicals and waste) flushed from the region's watershed; and overexploitation of stocks by commercial and recreational fishing. The CINMS staff has been given the responsibility of protecting biological and physical resources while accommodating multiple uses. The staff also conducts scientific research and runs educational programs to increase the public understanding of the Sanctuary's resources and to facilitate sustainable management practices.

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