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The National Marine Sanctuary Program's archived sites are listed and linked here. Please keep in mind that these sites are no longer updated and are presented here for informational and archival purposes.

Sustainable Seas

These pages provide a series of offerings related to NOAA's activities in the Sustainable Seas Expeditions. Specific offerings include summaries of science accomplishments during the 1999 expeditions, and a variety of educational materials. Click the title to learn more about the project.


On the Trail of the Right Whale

In January and February of 1999, a scientific team from the New England Aquarium, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary searched the northwest Atlantic Ocean for female right whales. Their objective was to monitor a whale's movements to better understand the reasons for right whale collisions with ocean vessels.

During this sea and air mission, the scientists and crew produced a daily log of their adventures and mission accomplishments. On the Trail of the Right Whale (www.rightwhale.noaa.gov) is the archival record of the entire mission.


National Marine Sanctuary Program and South Africa's Aliwal Shoal

The National Ocean Service’s (NOS) National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP) and International Program Office traveled across the ocean to work with their partners in marine protection, the Republic of South Africa. The mission, initiated by the International Program Office in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), seeked to enhance each country’s management of its marine protected areas (MPAs) through learning from shared experiences and knowledge of each other. Click here to follow the delegation to South Africa's Aliwal Shoal.


National Marine Sanctuary System and National Park Service Retreat

In the summer of 2000, the National Marine Sanctuary System and the National Park Service signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that detailed a number of shared objectives they hold as managing agencies of protected area networks on land and sea. The MOU outlines the ways the two agencies will work together in the future at the national level to increase public understanding of our nation's important natural and cultural resources. Click here to download the Meeting Report of the National Marine Sanctuary System and the National Park Service. (pdf format, 460k).

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