Stamas resolution supports Thunder Bay sanctuary

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Tuesday introduced a resolution supporting the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and opposing any reduction in its boundaries.

“As one of 14 U.S. marine protected areas and the only one in the Great Lakes, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary preserves our history and provides a significant boost to our economy,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “The 4,300-square-foot sanctuary is home to nearly 100 known shipwrecks and attracts thousands of tourists to the region each year — supporting area jobs and small businesses.”

Senate Resolution 112 states that recreational activity associated with the sanctuary has provided $92 million in annual sales, $35.8 million in personal income to residents of coastal cities located near the sanctuary and 1,704 jobs.

“This resolution would send a message to federal officials that maintaining the current boundaries of the Thunder Bay sanctuary is important,” Stamas said. “In addition to helping support the coastal communities of northeast Michigan, the sanctuary protects the health of the Great Lakes and offers outstanding and unique opportunities for discovery, research and education.”

SR 112 has been referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee for consideration.