Frequently Asked Questions
- What is an Estuary?
- What is NERRS?
- What is the legal authority that enables and regulates the NERR program?
- If a NERR site is designated in Hawaii, will there be restrictions to the cultural, recreational or commercial activities that occur in the area?
- Does the NERRS designation mean that new Federal regulations are imposed?
- Why should Hawaii participate in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System?
- What is the process for designating a NERRS site in Hawaii?
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Additional Questions and Answers:
Q: What is Criterion #16 (potential to generate revenue in order to support NERR activities) trying to get at?
A: The selected NERR site in Hawaii will have a number of educational and research activities taking place on-site. In order to ensure continuity of these activities, it is desirable to have some way that the site can support itself when established. Other NERRS sites across the country offer guided tours, have small gift shops for souvenirs or have lab facilities that can be rented by visiting scientists for research purposes. These and other potential sources of funds will be considered during the development of the management plan of the site. Revenue generating activity is secondary to NERRS science and stewardship programs.
Q: Do all sites need to have the four components listed in Criterion #8?
A: No. The sites will be evaluated according to scoring point A, which assigns higher points to a more diverse site. The components listed in criterion #8 are an example of a highly diverse site with all four of these components. Another site may also be considered very diverse if the site includes shrublands, intertidal sand flats, and subtidal plants. A list of possible ecosystem types and physical characteristics can be found in Appendix 2 of the NERRS Program Regulations (15 CFR Part 921).