Celebrate the Ocean
Sea to Shining Sea Newsletter - July 2018
NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries provides services to support American communities, economies and ecosystems. Not only do we work to conserve national marine sanctuaries, but also encourage visitors to come out and explore the underwater parks.
This past June was the annual National Ocean Month and we've seen people celebrating our marine areas in many ways. We hope this will inspire you to find new ways to get into America's national marine sanctuaries!
Explore national marine sanctuaries with our new interactive site maphere to explore our nation’s ocean parks without getting wet or plan your next trip to the ocean.
NOAA and Florida Keys fishing guides working together towards sustainability
The new Blue Star Fishing Guides program recognizes charter boat captains who are committed to sustainable fishing and educating their customers about resource protection in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Is poor water quality killing coral?
Swimming through hazy, green waters in the Gulf of Mexico in 2016, divers saw something was amiss in the depths of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar, Andrea Kealoha, and a group of dedicated scientists are working toward understanding what caused the localized mortality events
The untold stories of World War I
During World War I few Americans believed that German navy would be able to cross the Atlantic to reach our shores. However, by the end of the war German submarines had sunk 10 vessels off North Carolina alone, and 200 American ships in total. This summer, North Carolina will honor the 100th anniversary of these historic attacks.
Birds flock to National Marine Sanctuaries
The birds that visit and reside across the National Marine Sanctuary System connect our country's ocean, Great Lakes, and coasts. From sea to shining sea, join us on this interactive tour of birds in our nation's ocean parks and national marine monuments.
Stories From the Blue
Hannah MacDonald grew up with Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in her backyard, and started volunteering with the sanctuary as a high school student. "For me, national marine sanctuaries are much more than protected underwater parks," she says. "It's the national marine sanctuaries that have changed my life and set me on a career path that I am super passionate about and I'm in love with." Watch our video to hear Hannah's Story from the Blue.
Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest
From now until August 15, send us your best photos of the National Marine Sanctuary System and help us celebrate the beauty and importance of these special places. Winning photos will be featured in next year's Earth Is Blue Magazine and on the Earth Is Blue social media campaign.