The East End Marine Park is managed by the Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Division of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. CZM works with other Divisions in the Department to address natural resource challenges in the territory. Those divisions include the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Division of Environmental Enforcement, and Division of Environmental Protection.
The Park is a multi-use Marine Protected Area, in order to allow for a variety of legal uses. Marine protected areas are an essential component of fisheries management in today’s world, in which ocean habitats and species are subject to a variety of threats. Closed areas provide safe havens for juvenile and adult fish which use those habitats for all or part of their life cycle. Animals moving from closed areas provide replenishment to fished areas elsewhere.
Marine Protected Areas are of high research interest with respect to their contribution to livelihoods, fish populations, and biodiversity. Research can alert DPNR and the public to early indications of natural resource concern, or inform changes in management strategies. The Park supports a diversity of researchers in their specific goals, providing local knowledge, research questions, background information, and dive support to researchers from near and far.
NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program has supported the Park since before its establishment, and supports a variety of other initiatives in the territory. If you want to know what the territory’s top work items related to coral reef management are, check out the Coral Reef Management Priorities (updated in 2019).