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Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Massachusetts, United States
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Equipment Notes: Stereo=1; Decoded MS stereo; Sennheiser MKH40 Cardioid Mid Mic and MKH30 Bidirectional Side Mic through Sonosax Preamp into Sony TCD3. NPR/NGS RADIO EXPEDITIONS STELLWAGEN BANK NMS DAT#2 Intv with Brad Barr (BB) 0:31 ct "9:27 am ... role for continuous ambi ... walking ahead to collect ambi" 0:54 water, ct "sweeping around the forward deck ... going clockwise" bg water, boat motor 3:15 bb "my name is bb I'm the manager of the stell. nms" 3:36 tb "we're about a half hour from where we're going to launch the ROV ... tell me why the idea of this part marine sanc is important" 3:44 bb "well part of the reason why the nms program exists is to provide protection for areas of the marine environ around the country that are of special national significance-that's out of the statute and that can be pretty broadly defined but I think that it's like you know it when you see it or you know it when you experience it. Stellwagen is one of those places where you know that when you're inside of the sanctuary when you're on top of the bank. When you're out here on the water there's something about it that makes it special-there's lots of reasons why that is, the fact that its an off-shore bank and its very highly productive, it has a rich biodiversity here there's all sorts of reasons why that is but there's also that sense of it being a special place here and uh that's really what the sanctuary is meant to protect are these areas where there is that sense of specialness or uniqueness" 4:43 tb "my understanding is that each sanctuary has its own special set of characteristics, but what is particular about stell. bank, there's a couple of things that make it reasonably special. The fact that it is one of the big congregation areas, feeding areas for a large number of whale species urn, because its an off-shore bank and because there's an upwelling of cold nutrient rich waters from the bottom of the ocean into the area that the sun illuminates you have a lot of primary production going on its converting all that sunlight into things 'that , .. animals can eat ultimately up the food chain into places providing feed for a lot of these whales. And because there's so many whales here the water. .. " 5:54 bb "its also imp because this has been a long standing fishing area where fisherman from the surrounding states have utilized stellwag en bank as primary fishing grounds for some of the more important comm fisheries ... this is also big area for blue fin tuna, stell. been #1 area ... " 7:06 tb "when we talk about sanctuary think of preserve or an idea that its sort of roped off and kept pristine and that outside activities aren't allowed to occur but really something else is going on here I mean you're talking about the best way to sustain multiple uses out here-talk about some of the conflict probs you're most worried about." 7:32 bb "There's a concept right now in the management of protected areas called working landscapes-and that means for some sort of protected area on land ... that there is a coexistence between the notion of protection and the notion of allowing sustainable use of that area ...that's very much like the kind of concept we have here this is not a sanctuary that's devoted to keeping people out in fact what we're all about is encouraging ... facilitating uses of the sanc so long as they are sustainable ..." 8:30 bb "On one hand you have a bunch of resources that need to be protected in a relatively fragile environment but you also have a lot of uses out here that we would like to see to continue and in fact it all ties back into our research program where we all have a number of activities going on that both work to preserve the resource but preserve the resource so that we can continue to have it here so that people can use it like in the whale wat... (Notes truncated)

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