Through partnerships with communities and individuals, sanctuaries help keep the heritage of our ocean and Great Lakes alive.
The ocean and Great Lakes are our planet’s greatest playground – and national marine sanctuaries protect some of the best, most iconic places to play.
Behind every success of the National Marine Sanctuary System is a group of dedicated people: scientists, volunteers, educators, community members, and more.
Take a trip to some of the lesser-known and lesser-visited sites of your National Marine Sanctuary System.
Throughout the National Marine Sanctuary System, you’ll find an astounding array of marine life, all relying on the indispensable resources of the ocean and Great Lakes.
The National Marine Sanctuary System collaborates with scientists to obtain new knowledge on species diversity, ecosystem health, and more.
People all across the country support their national marine sanctuaries through volunteering and education – and you can do the same.
Through photography, sanctuary visitors show the world the special places of the National Marine Sanctuary System through their eyes.