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July 18, 2014 -- NOAA's Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary published a final rule and environmental assessment today which now permits the use of weighted marker buoys in the sanctuary, an important safety measure for recreational diving and an enhancement for recreational fishing.

July 8, 2014 -- Nearly 100 years after its last voyage, the whaleship Charles W. Morgan will visit NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in a symbolic journey to one of the world's premier whale watching sites.

June 10, 2014 -- For 40 years, the United States national marine sanctuaries have worked to protect sites ranging from a Civil War shipwreck to coral reefs and tiny atolls. Today, NOAA announced that beginning this week the American public can now nominate nationally significant marine and Great Lakes areas as potential new national marine sanctuaries.

May 13, 2014 --NOAA announced today it has determined the probable location of the remains of the Civil War-era sidewheel steamer Planter, which gained national fame in 1862 when a group of enslaved African Americans commandeered the Confederate Navy transport ship in a daring escape to freedom.

Apr. 30, 2014 -- With seabird breeding season underway, NOAA's Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary urges coastal visitors, whether boaters and paddlers or small aircraft pilots, to avoid disturbing nesting seabirds.

Apr. 23, 2014 -- NOAA announced today the rediscovery of underwater wreck of the passenger steamer, The City of Chester, which sank in 1888 in a collision in dense fog near where the Golden Gate Bridge stands today.

Apr. 22, 2014 --A network of coastal sites where the public can view orcas and other marine mammals from shore will be expanded to include California, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) and The Whale Trail announced.

Apr. 14, 2014 -- NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has released a proposal to expand the boundaries of Gulf of the Farallones (GFNMS) and Cordell Bank (CBNMS) national marine sanctuaries, two of 14 sites managed by NOAA, located off north-central California.

Apr. 2, 2014 -- NOAA today announced that the wreck of the ship Robert J. Walker, a steamer that served in the U.S. Coast Survey, a predecessor agency of NOAA's Office of Coast Survey, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Mar. 28, 2014 -- Emma Hickerson, research coordinator at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, will be inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame tomorrow during a ceremony in New Jersey. .

Mar. 25, 2014 -- NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries announced today its partnership with Mystic Seaport to support the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan.

Mar. 13, 2014 -- Deep coral reefs in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) may contain the highest percentage of fish species found nowhere else on Earth, according to a study by NOAA scientists published in the Bulletin of Marine Science.

Feb. 27, 2014 -- NOAA's Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary advises San Francisco Bay Area boaters to watch out for and steer clear of whales, which migrate into the San Francisco Bay Area in large numbers during the spring and summer.

Jan. 29, 2014 -- Yachters and sailors are invited to help scientists track the movements of endangered humpback whales between NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and its sister sanctuaries across the Caribbean as part of Carib Tails, a new international citizen science effort.

Jan. 11, 2014 -- The first 360-degree panoramic images from five new locations within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) are now live on Google Maps.

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