Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Sanctuary Nomination Process

Earth is Blue: Your National Marine Sanctuary System

Working with communities around the the country, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is making a difference for the sake of our blue planet. Watch in HD.

 

Sanctuary Nomination Process

For the first time in two decades, NOAA invites communities across the nation to nominate their most treasured places in our marine and Great Lakes waters for consideration as national marine sanctuaries. Watch in HD.

www.nominate.noaa.gov


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The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a network of 14 marine protected areas encompassing more than 170,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters from Washington state to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The network includes a system of 13 national marine sanctuaries and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.


 
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New App! Experience California Sanctuaries

The National Marine Sanctuaries: Experience California mobile app provides users the ultimate utility in planning their next vacation in and around Monterey Bay, San Francisco and Santa Barbara.


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Rediscovering the Robert J. Walker

More than 153 years after it was lost in a violent collision at sea, government and university maritime archaeologists have identified the wreck of the ship Robert J. Walker, a steamer that served in the U.S. Coast Survey, a predecessor agency of NOAA.

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