Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

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The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a network of 14 marine protected areas encompassing more than 170,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters from Washington state to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The network includes a system of 13 national marine sanctuaries and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

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Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary has released a Draft White Shark Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and is seeking comments through April 23, 2014.


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Sanctuary News

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Disentangled Whale

A NOAA-led response team successfully freed an entangled humpback whale April 6, 2014 off the coast of Lahaina, Maui. This incident involved a line running through the animal's mouth and trailing 120 feet behind to a pair of buoys. Although whale disentanglement efforts are extremely dangerous, they are very important for the well-being of these endangered animals.

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Memorial Garden Dedication

The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries dedicated the Memorial Garden on September 11, 2013, on the grounds of the Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex in Key West, Florida, to honor their colleagues, volunteers and federal partners who have passed.


 
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New App! Experience California Sanctuaries

The National Marine Sanctuaries: Experience California mobile app provides users the ultimate utility in planning their next vacation in and around Monterey Bay, San Francisco and Santa Barbara.


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Rediscovering the Robert J. Walker

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.

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