Sea to Shining Sea - The National Marine Sanctuary System's 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 600,000 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 13 national marine sanctuaries and Papahānaumokuākea and Rose Atoll marine national monuments.

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