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Get Into Your Sanctuary Day 2017

Aug 11, 2017.
Matt McIntosh/NOAA

By Alison Thompson, guest author Bike, boat, dive, or swim over to your local sanctuary on August 12, 2017, to experience “Get into Your Sanctuary” day and celebrate our playgrounds of the ocean and Great Lakes. Our National Marine Sanctuary System provides us with access to our most iconic natural and cultural marine resources. No…

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The difference between national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments

Aug 10, 2017.
Robert Schwemmer/NOAA

By Alison Thompson, guest author With high diversity, resilience, and reservoirs of recreational and cultural resources, national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments seem to be one-and-the-same.  Although they are similar in names and nature, monuments and sanctuaries are different ways of protecting the treasures within their watery borders. Our National Marine Sanctuary System is…

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Six ways you can get into your National Marine Sanctuaries for Get into Your Sanctuary Day

Aug 8, 2017.

By Alexander Dacy, guest author   Protecting the waters of our national marine sanctuaries serve as a basis for thriving recreation, tourism and commercial activities that drive coastal economies. On Saturday, August 12, national marine sanctuaries across the nation will celebrate these special places by inviting the public to participate in a wide-ranging set of…

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The Benefit of Sharks in our Sanctuaries

Jul 27, 2017.
Photo by: James Watt/NOAA

Alison Thompson, communications intern When you close your eyes and think of a shark what comes to mind? You may picture a massive whale shark swimming in the Gulf of Mexico opening its five-foot wide mouth, or maybe you think of a nurse shark lazily lounging along the ocean floor waiting for its dinner to…

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Sharks in our national marine sanctuaries

Jul 23, 2017.
Photo by: Mitchell Tartt/NOAA

By Alison Thompson, communications intern Known for their big teeth, powerful bites, and not-so-pretty smiles, sharks are some of our ocean’s biggest and baddest predators. From Finding Nemo to Jaws, sharks are depicted as fearsome predators with voracious appetites and jagged-toothed grins. What you might not know about sharks though, is that they can be…

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Celebrating 23 years of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

Jul 16, 2017.
Photo credit: Matt McIntosh/NOAA

By Alison Thompson, communications intern Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary turns 23 today! Designated on July 16, 1994, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, located in Washington State, adjacent to Olympic National Park, currently protects 3,188 square miles of marine waters off the Olympic Peninsula coastline and over 150 documented shipwrecks. The sanctuary is home to…

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Tell the Administration you support marine sanctuaries!

Jun 26, 2017.
Photo Credit: Claire Fackler/NOAA

Contact: Marcus Reamer,  marcus@marinesanctuary.org, (301) 608-3040 x 311 President Trump’s America First Offshore Energy Executive Order issued in April directed the Department of Commerce to review the designations and expansions of 11 national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments. The Department of Commerce is now opening a 30-day public comment period on the review. We need…

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Our Response to The America First Offshore Energy Executive Order

Apr 28, 2017.
Photo courtesy of E. Lyman

  Contact: Marcus Reamer, marcus@marinesanctuary.org, (301) 608-3040 x 311 Silver Spring, MD; April 28, 2017 – Today President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order regarding offshore energy development that includes provisions directing the Department of Commerce to review all national marine sanctuary designations and expansions and marine national monument designations and expansions under the Antiquities Act…

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Mallows Bay Community Showcases Maritime Heritage with World War I Centennial Commemoration

Apr 28, 2017.
(Credit: Dr. Susan Langley)

By Molly Pickel This month, people across the country are commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the United States’ entrance into World War I. The path to war began in the sea, as repeated German submarine attacks on merchant and passenger vessels angered Americans. By April 1917, submarine attacks and other conflicts contributed to the…

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National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to honor ocean champions at 15th annual Ocean Awards Gala

Apr 24, 2017.

Photo: Matt Ryb Contact: Marcus Reamer, marcus@marinesanctuary.org, (301) 608-3040 x 311   Silver Spring, MD; April 24, 2017 — Today, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation announced its 2017 Ocean Awards Gala honorees: Roger and Vicki Sant; Representative Suzanne Bonamici; Kevin Powers; and Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute). The four awards will be presented at the…

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