The latest news from your National Marine Sanctuaries

2016 Press Releases

  • Mar. 23, 2016

    Today, NOAA and the U.S. Navy announced the discovery of the USS Conestoga (AT 54) in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off San Francisco, 95 years after the Navy seagoing fleet tugboat disappeared with 56 officers and sailors aboard. The discovery solves one of the top maritime mysteries in U.S. Navy history.

  • Feb. 2, 2016

    Scientists working with NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries announced the discovery of four new species of deep-water algae from Hawaiʻi. Marine algae, or limu,are very important in Hawaiian culture, used in foods, ceremonies and as adornments in traditional hula. The new species of limu were collected between 200-400 feet, depths not typically known for marine algae.

  • Jan. 20, 2016

    Today, NOAA released the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report that describes the state of the sanctuary's resources and pressures that affect the nation's second largest marine sanctuary. While overall the sanctuary's habitats and animals are doing quite well compared to much of the ocean, this detailed assessment helps to identify sanctuary resources that still have room for improvement.

  • Jan. 8, 2016

    Following several years of scientific and archaeological assessment and public input, NOAA today announced plans to consider possible expansion of Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, off the North Carolina coast. The proposed expansion would protect a collection of historically significant shipwrecks including vessels sunk during World War II's Battle of the Atlantic.

  • Jan. 6, 2016

    NOAA archaeologists have discovered the battered hulls of two 1800s whaling ships nearly 144 years after they and 31 others sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska in one of the planet's most unexplored ocean regions.