National marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments protect and document historic shipwrecks and aircraft. We work with indigenous people to preserve and maintain their cultures. And we help safeguard the marine creatures that live in our marine protected areas so that future generations will get to know them as well.
From whale watching in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to diving among enormous corals in National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, there’s never a dull moment in your sanctuaries.
Do you know which site of the National Marine Sanctuary System is the biggest? Which is the smallest? Which protects coral reefs, and which protects fallen shipwrecks?
Close your eyes and picture a shark. Any shark. What do you see? What do you hear?
Some of the most diverse and bountiful ecosystems are just in your backyard, in your National Marine Sanctuary System!
On shore and at sea, scientists work tirelessly to better understand the animals and ecosystems of your National Marine Sanctuary System.
Volunteers, visitors, students, and local communities are the backbone of the sanctuary system.
Through photography, sanctuary visitors show the world the special places of the National Marine Sanctuary System through their eyes.