A map of the expanded Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron (Credit: NOAA)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has expanded the boundaries of Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary by thousands of miles, according to a release. The new sanctuary is 4,300 square miles and touches three Michigan counties.
Officials with the agency say the expansion was driven by strong public support that began all the way back in 2006. Many positive public meetings and letters from organizations around the area supported the expansion and the final ruling was issued on Sept. 5.
The expanded marine sanctuary is expected to help support tourism in the area. And NOAA officials say it will give them opportunities to expand research and education initiatives.
Image: A map of the expanded Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron (Credit: NOAA)