Get Involved


Volunteers help to ensure marine sanctuaries remain America's underwater treasures for future generations.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers participate in a wide variety of activities including diving, whale identification, beach cleanups, water quality monitoring, collecting field observations and surveys, acting as visitor center docents, and wildlife monitoring.


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How You Can Take Action

NOAA has published a notice requesting comments on the methods, formulas, and rationale for the calculations it will use in order to assess fees associated with special use permits (SUPs). The Federal Register notice is available for download here. Public comments will be accepted through October 6, 2015. For more information and to submit your comments electronically, go to and click on the "Comment Now!" icon for this action.

Federal Register Notices

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National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation enhances national marine sanctuaries in their goal to protect essential U.S. marine areas and to ensure a healthy ocean. Find out more about the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation's activities.

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Advisory Councils

Bringing together diverse community interests to strengthen the network of national marine sanctuaries and the nation's marine protected areas.

National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils

Site-focused, community-based councils advising National Marine Sanctuary System leadership

Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council

Program-focused council connecting the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries with national business interests

Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee

Nationally focused committee advising NOAA and the U.S. Department of the Interior


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National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

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NOAA Corps