Changing Sanctuaries: How National Marine Sanctuaries are Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change
We published a new series, National Marine Sanctuary Climate Change Impacts Profiles, and are now one step closer to understanding the changes that are already occurring at national marine sanctuaries, the threats these changes pose to wildlife and resources, and how these changes are expected to continue impacting sanctuaries in the future. The profiles represent a review and summary of the best available, most up-to-date science and serve as an early step in understanding how climate change affects national marine sanctuaries and the underwater treasures they protect.
Immerse yourself in the ocean and your national marine sanctuaries without getting wet!
Our planet is an ocean planet: Earth Is Blue. The National Marine Sanctuary System protects some of the most iconic underwater places throughout the United States, but we can't do it without you. No matter where you are, the ocean and Great Lakes are in your hands. We hope these images inspire you to help care for our ocean and to spread the word that Earth isn't green – it's blue.
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Stories from the Blue
Stories from the Blue celebrate the people at the center of national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments. What does the National Marine Sanctuary System mean to you?
Earth is Blue Magazine
Explore Sanctuaries Live
with real-time video and communication feeds
Sanctuary Nomination Process
NOAA invites communities across the nation to nominate their most treasured places in our marine and Great Lakes waters for consideration as national marine sanctuaries.