Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting

The Sanctuary Advisory Council will meet on June 12th at 6:00 pm at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. For more information, visit the Advisory Council web page or contact

NOAA announces $5 million to design a new visitor center for Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA intends to invest $5 million to support the design of a staff office and visitor center for the recently established Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary. These facilities would help the sanctuary conduct day-to-day operations from an efficient location, and enable recreation, education and community benefits provided by sanctuary management. When built, the new visitor center will connect other local and regional recreation and heritage tourism opportunities, and is expected to be accessible by public transportation to allow for broad public access.

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Aerial view of Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary, where NOAA is investing $5 million from the Inflation Reduction Act to support pre-construction and design requirements for a sanctuary visitor center in Charles County, Maryland. The new interpretive center would help make the sanctuary more accessible to the public, including diverse and historically underserved communities, by providing a place for people to learn about the sanctuary and related cultural and Native American heritage. Photo: NOAA

Potomac Pride Paddle

Take pride in yourself and take pride in your national marine sanctuary by joining Mallows Bay–Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary as we celebrate Ocean Month and LGBT Pride Month in conjunction with the #PrideInTheOcean campaign! This no-cost event seeks only to honor and commemorate the month.

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Sanctuary staff engage with visitors at an outreach event. Credit: Erica Deale/ Courtesy of The Mariners Museum and Park

BioBlitz at Mallows Bay

September 9, 2023

Come out to Mallows Bay to help scientists collect valuable biodiversity information and learn more about the sanctuary!