NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Newsletter

From the western Pacific waters of American Samoa, east to the Atlantic Ocean, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries manages a national network of special places, encompassing more than 620,000 square miles of U.S. ocean and Great Lakes waters. The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries publishes a national newsletter in electronic format and distributed via email to keep our colleagues, collaborators and you! informed about the many activities and accomplishments that take place within our 15 national marine sanctuaries and Papahānaumokuākea and Rose Atoll marine national monuments.

a rocky coastline with many pine trees

March 2022 Newsletter

March 2022

Feature Article(s):

  • Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report Released
  • Sanctuary nominations to remain on inventory
  • Celebrating 50 Years of Ocean and Coastal Conservation
  • Office of National Marine Sanctuaries publishes annual accomplishment reports
  • 50th Anniversary Education Collections
leather star in a kelp forest

December 2021 Newsletter

December 2021

Feature Article(s):

  • Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful
  • Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Draft Management Plan
  • Sanctuary Designation for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
  • Sanctuary Designation for Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary
  • Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Draft Management Plan
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Releases Final Management Plan
  • Let's Celebrate 50 Years of Ocean Conservation and Stewardship
diver under the sea

August 2021 Newsletter

August 2021

Feature Article(s):

  • You're Invited to "Get Into Your Sanctuary" August 2-8, 2021!
  • New National Marine Sanctuary proposed in Lake Ontario!
  • SanctSound: Exploring underwater sounds within the U.S. National Marine Sanctuary System
  • New NOAA Climate Council to enhance delivery of climate science and services
  • NOAA Announces FY22 Multi-stressor Federal Funding Opportunity
  • Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful
scuba diver swims over shipwreck

June 2021 Newsletter

June 2021

Feature Article(s):

  • NOAA Announces New National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Michigan
  • NOAA has #PrideintheOcean
  • New global partnership to elevate marine protected areas as tool in climate response
  • #WildSanctuaries: Respect. Protect. Enjoy
  • Look Back to Look Forward: NAPA Completes Review of Sanctuary System
  • Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Recognized for Excellence in Digital Communications
Images of historical trail blazers combined into one

March 2021 Newsletter

March 2021

Feature Article(s):

  • Trail blazers and Rising Stars in Marine Science
  • A Century of Women in Ocean Conservation
  • Listening to the (Not So) Silent Underwater World
  • Webinar: USS Conestoga
  • African American Ties to Chesapeake Bay Region
  • NOAA Team Gets Innovative
two ducks sitting on the beach

November 2020 Newsletter

November 2020

Feature Article(s):

  • State of Papahānaumokuākea Monument resourcese
  • NOAA releases Earth is Blue Magazine
  • Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest winners
  • New black coral species discovered in Flower Gardens Banks
  • The underwater world of living shipwrecks
  • Small Boats in National Marine Sanctuaries
Portland ship painting

August 2020 Newsletter

August 2020

Feature Article(s):

  • Watch Live - Exploring Shipwrecks in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
  • Discover National Marine Sanctuaries on the ParkPassport Mobile App
  • Get Into Your Sanctuary 2020 Photo Contest!
  • Celebrating the 2020 Nancy Foster Scholars
  • Webinar - Using Film to Drive Social Change
  • $226 Million Goes Toward Gulf Restoration
  • Video - Galapagos Sharks
Fish swimming above corals

July 2020 Newsletter

July 2020

Feature Article(s):

  • Provide Input on Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Draft Management Plan
  • Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest Open Through Labor Day
  • Recreating Responsibly in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
  • Get Into Your Sanctuary July 31st-August 2nd!
  • Oasis in the Deep: Davidson Seamount
  • Newly-Named Alga Chondria Tumolsa
  • Webinar Series - Understanding Ocean Acidification
Fish swimming above corals

June 2020 Newsletter

June 2020

Feature Article(s):

  • Capitol Hill Ocean Week Goes Virtual!
  • Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest
  • Mallows Bay Sanctuary Advisory Council Seeks Applicants
  • NOAA’s National Marine Protected Areas Center Celebrates 20 Years
  • Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month in Your National Marine Sanctuary System
  • Webinar Series - Exploring National Marine Sanctuaries: Diving into Telepresence Education Programs and Resources
  • Video Highlight - Wreck of Lucinda Van Valkenburg in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Fish swarm around bright corals

May 2020 Newsletter

May 2020

Feature Article(s):

  • Provide comment on the proposed expansion of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
  • Looking for adventure while you're at home? Explore National Marine Sanctuaries online
  • New Research Sheds Light on Humpback Whale Nursing Behavior
  • A Balancing Act: Foster Scholar Nury Molina Studies How Fish Keep Coral Reefs Healthy
  • Webinar Series - Earth is Blue: Educational Videos About Your National Marine Sanctuaries
  • Video Highlight- Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Fish swarm around bright corals

February 2020 Newsletter

February 2020

Feature Article(s):

  • 2019 Accomplishment Reports for the National Marine Sanctuary System
  • Provide Comment on Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary’s Management Plan Review
  • Can Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Serve as a Local Refuge Against Ocean Acidification?
  • National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) highlights national marine sanctuaries
  • Webinar Series - Empowering Young Water Scientists with the EarthEcho Water Challenge!
  • Video - Honu (green sea turtle)
A diver transplants coral

December 2019 Newsletter

December 2019

Feature Article(s):

  • NOAA and partners launch Mission: Iconic Reefs
  • Video - Whale fall in Monterey National Marine Sanctuary
  • NOAA awards funding for mesophotic reef research in National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa
  • Battle of Midway shipwrecks discovered in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
  • OneNOAA Science Seminar Series; are you on the weekly email list?
  • Donated motors get Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary research vessel moving
  • Fly fishing brings military veterans to Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
An aerial photo of a shipwreck in mallows bay potomic river national marine sanctuary

October 2019 Newsletter

October 2019

Feature Article(s):

  • Celebrate the designation of Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary
  • Provide comment on Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Management Plan review
  • Now accepting applications for the Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
  • ‘Get In Your Sanctuary" Photo Contest Winners Announced
  • Students take action against single use plastic
  • Video: Grouper spawning site at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
diver documenting algae that covers coral

August 2019 Newsletter

August 2019

Feature Article(s):

  • Provide comment on proposed updates to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
  • Researchers observe coral reef damage and invasive alga in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
  • Watch Live: Exploring Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
  • Bringing NOAA into your classroom
  • Earth is Blue: Annual magazine of the national marine sanctuaries
  • National Marine Sanctuary Webinar Series - September webinar
  • Video - A Blueprint for the Future: Restoring Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
An aerial view of Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary

July 2019 Newsletter

July 2019

Feature Article(s):

  • NOAA designates Mallows Bay- Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary
  • Public comment period on proposed national marine sanctuary in Lake Ontario open through July 31
  • Join us August 2-4 to "Get Into Your Sanctuary"
  • Get Into Your Sanctuary photo contest through September 2
  • Fighting for North Atlantic right whales
  • Video - Fishing Happens Here
a diver near a wreck

April 2019 Newsletter

April 2019

Feature Article(s):

  • New proposed national marine sanctuary in Lake Ontario
  • Mark Your Calendars! Get Into Your Sanctuary!
  • Boaters Beware: Florida Keys waters are tricky
  • Students Bond Over Robotics
  • Recreational Fishing Funding Opportunity
a boat in water with two people fishing

March 2019 Newsletter

March 2019

Feature Article(s):

  • Recreational boating & fishing groups join NOAA in sustainable fishing efforts
  • Diving into the past
  • Hope for the ocean’s future
  • Earth Is Blue Annual Magazine Out Now!
  • Students for Zero Waste Week 2019 - Registration is now open!
  • Video - Return of the king
presidents george h.w. bush and george w. bush on a fishing boat

December 2018 Newsletter

December 2018

Feature Article(s):

  • The National Marine Sanctuary Legacy of President George H.W. Bush
  • National Marine Sanctuaries Honor U.S. Veterans with Vet Into Your Sanctuary
  • Ocean Guardian School Program Helps Protect National Marine Sanctuary Resources
  • Dark Water Journey
  • Gulper Eel Sighting
man fishing in the Florida Keys

November 2018 Newsletter

November 2018

Feature Article(s):

  • Octopus! Exploring the Depths of Our Ocean
  • Congratulations Nancy Foster Scholars
  • Seeking Nominations for the Marine Protected Areas Advisory Council
  • Deep-Sea Habitats Along the West Coast
  • Winning Photos of "Get Into Your Sanctuary" Photo Contest
  • Plan a Trip to a National Marine Sanctuary
man fishing in the Florida Keys

October 2018 Newsletter

October 2018

Feature Article(s):

  • Exploring the Unknown Beneath the Sea
  • Recognizing Excellence in Tomorrow’s Leaders
  • Students Take a Stand Against Marine Plastic Pollution by Adopting Zero Waste Practices
  • New Leadership at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
  • Stories From the Blue
surf standing on rock cliff while waves crash around the cliff

Celebrate the Ocean

July 2018

Feature Article(s):

  • Explore national marine sanctuaries with our new interactive site map
  • NOAA and Florida Keys fishing guides working together towards sustainability
  • Is poor water quality killing coral?
  • The untold stories of World War I
  • Birds flock to National Marine Sanctuaries
  • Stories From the Blue
  • Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest
get into the sanctuary logo

April 2018 Newsletter

April 2018

Feature Article(s):

  • Get Into Your Sanctuary Days are coming up!
  • Partnerships Power Efforts to Protect Blue Whales and Blue Skies
  • Announcement: Submit your application for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary projects by May 4
  • Power of the Crowd
  • Pacific Islander/Asian American Heritage Month in National Marine Sanctuaries
  • Capitol Hill Ocean Week kicks off in June
diver photographing the coral reef

March 2018 Newsletter

March 2018

Feature Article(s):

  • Under a watchful eye, the coral reefs of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary show signs of resilience
  • The USS Monitor: A feat of naval ingenuity and the first national marine sanctuary
  • Cataloging the depths of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
  • Visit Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
women in a kayak

February 2018 Newsletter

February 2018

Feature Article(s):

  • ONMS Celebrates African American History Month with New Story Map
  • Underwater Landscaping: Foster Scholar Lindsay Marks removes invasive seaweeds around CINMS
  • Finding sanctuary for right whales: A Q&A with Dr. David Wiley
  • Pop Quiz: How do you disentangle a 40-ton whale from a tangle of gear?
  • New Toolkit Helps Students and Teachers in the Fight Against Marine Debris
  • Students lead the zero waste movement by combating marine debris
  • Sanctuaries Webpage - now ¡en Español!
kids swimming underwater

Looking Back and Moving Forward: Victories for the Ocean, Wins for All

January 2018

Feature Article(s):

  • 45 Years of America's Underwater Parks
  • Spotlight on 2017
  • NOAA's New Deputy Director of Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Dr. Rebecca Holyoke
  • NOAA and Partners Assess Reef, Aid Recovery Following Hurricane Irma
  • Earth is Blue Anniversary Video
up close photos of a snorkeler's mask

Valuing National Marine Sanctuaries

May 2017

Feature Article(s):

  • Monuments & Sanctuaries: What’s the Difference?
  • It Takes a Community
  • Dive into your National Marine Sanctuaries Virtually!
  • Exploring the Deep Coral Gardens of Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
  • Stories from the Blue
  • Capitol Hill Ocean Week
two turtles resting on the beach, each turtle has a bird sitting on it's shell

Past, Present, Future

April 2017

Feature Article(s):

  • Eight Amazing Things that Happened across your National Marine Sanctuary System
  • Our Vision for America’s Treasured Ocean Places
  • Ocean Guardian Schools: Action-Based Environmental Education
  • Stories from the Blue: Kimokeo Kapahulehua
aerial view of mallows bay

Sanctuaries Support Communities

February 2017

Feature Article(s):

  • NOAA Moves to Conserve Shipwrecks in Two New Sanctuaries
  • Communities and the Blue Economy
  • Volunteering in Sanctuaries
A great shearwater as it shears over the surface of the ocean

Research in Sanctuaries

November 2016

Feature Article(s):

  • Sentinel Sites in Action
  • Birds as Indicators of Ecosystem Health
  • Exploring the Battle of the Atlantic