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Dec. 18, 2013 --NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary announced seven primary and six alternate members to serve new terms on its sanctuary advisory council.

Dec. 12, 2013 --NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary recently welcomed Sunshine Coast Adventures of Tavernier, Fla., as the newest participant in the sanctuary's Blue Star education and conservation program.

Dec. 4, 2013 -- With the arrival of humpback whale season, ocean users are reminded to keep a safe distance as the whales return to Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and adjacent waters.

Nov. 7, 2013 -- Jennifer Stock, education and outreach coordinator at Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and the team that coordinated the 2013 Ocean for Life program at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are recipients of NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries first annual Sea to Shining Sea Excellence in Interpretation and Education Award.

Nov. 5, 2013 -- John J. Galluzzo, a Massachusetts South Shore resident and author, was named the 2013 Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary's Volunteer of the Year.

Oct. 24, 2013 -- With the touch of a finger, communities in North Carolina and Virginia can now learn about Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and its cultural and natural marine resources.

Sept. 26, 2013 -- New NOAA-led research on tagged humpback whales in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary reveals a variety of previously unknown feeding techniques along the seafloor.

Sept. 12, 2013 -- NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has established a new business advisory council to give its director the views of industry leaders as they work with corporate partners in marine resource protection.

Sept. 12, 2013 -- NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has awarded 21 K-12 schools in California with more than $74,000 in grants to help protect the health of the ocean. (Channel Islands)

Sept. 12, 2013 -- NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has awarded 21 K-12 schools in California with more than $74,000 in grants to help protect the health of the ocean. (Monterey Bay)

Sept. 12, 2013 -- NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has awarded 21 K-12 schools in California with more than $74,000 in grants to help protect the health of the ocean. (San Francisco)

Sept. 12, 2013 -- The NOAA data buoy located inside the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is back online and broadcasting real-time data.

Aug. 27, 2013 -- On August 27, NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary will dedicate the first of five USS Monitor Trail signs in Beaufort, N.C. The trail will eventually extend to New York. This sign honors the 40th anniversary of USS Monitor discovery resting in approximately 230 feet of water.

Aug. 27, 2013 -- 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.

Aug. 12, 2013 -- Researchers at NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary are using satellite technology to learn more about the movements, life cycle, and feeding and foraging habits of great shearwater seabirds in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem.

Aug. 8, 2013 --NOAA scientists report the discovery of the first known colony of table coral off of the south shore of O'ahu in Hawai'i.

Aug. 6, 2013 -- Officials from NOAA and the University of California at Santa Barbara today joined U.S. Rep. Lois Capps to celebrate the opening of the school's Ocean Science Education Building, which will also house the new headquarters for NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

July 25, 2013 -- NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has selected three graduate students as national recipients of the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship.

June 28, 2013 -- NOAA is seeking public input on a proposed process and associated criteria to evaluate potential new national marine sanctuaries in the nation's marine and Great Lakes environments.

June 20, 2013 -- NOAA has begun testing an unmanned aircraft system in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary that could allow researchers to observe animals at relatively close range with minimal disturbance, and possibly locate marine debris in remote areas.

June 14, 2013 -- NOAA today released for public comment a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) and proposed rule for expanding the boundaries of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron from its current 448 square miles to 4,300 square miles.

May 20, 2013 -- NOAA presented to the U.S. Coast Guard today a new report that finds that 36 sunken vessels scattered across the U.S. seafloor could pose an oil pollution threat to the nation's coastal marine resources.

April 26, 2013 -- Researchers have completed a study revealing the importance of benthic algae (algae attached to the seafloor) to food webs and fish populations in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

April 17, 2013 -- A new report on the potential effects of climate change on NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary uses existing observations and science-based expectations to identify how climate change could affect habitats, plants and animals within the sanctuary and adjacent coastal areas.

April 3, 2013 -- NOAA today announced a partnership with a longtime Hilo family to relocate the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center to the former Koehnen's furniture store location in downtown Hilo.

March 30, 2013 -- Approximately 600 volunteers gathered data from the shores of Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii Island during today's annual Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Count.

March 25, 2013 -- NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa will meet on Wednesday, April 3, to discuss crown-of-thorns starfish removal in the sanctuary, dive safety and the upcoming Festival of Sites expo, in addition to other topics.

Feb. 19, 2013 -- Today, NOAA released the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report that describes the state of the sanctuary's resources and pressures that affect their scientific integrity and recreational value.

Feb. 15, 2013 -- Based on several years of scientific assessment and public involvement, today NOAA released the final management plan and environmental assessment for Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

Feb. 12, 2013 -- NOAA's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for five primary seats and five alternate seats on its advisory council.

Feb. 5, 2013 -- NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for two alternates on its advisory council.

Feb. 4, 2013 -- A new NOAA research report finds that both fish populations and commercial and recreational anglers have benefited from "no-take" protections in the Tortugas Ecological Reserve in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Jan. 30, 2013 -- NOAA's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for four seats on its advisory council.

Jan. 11, 2013 -- A new 3-D state of the art sonar map released today by NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, ExploreOcean, Teledyne Blueview, and Northwest Hydro shows never-before seen details of the USS Hatteras, the only Union warship sunk in combat in the Gulf of Mexico during the Civil War.

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