Celebrate the Ocean

Sea to Shining Sea Newsletter - July 2019

Few places on the planet can compete with the diversity of the National Marine Sanctuary System, which protects America’s most iconic natural and cultural marine resources. The system works with diverse partners and stakeholders to promote responsible, sustainable ocean uses that ensure the health of our most valued ocean places. Resources are open to the public, and showcase opportunities such as education and research to anyone who has an interest in helping our ocean.

An aerial view of Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA designates Mallows Bay- Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary

Today, NOAA announced the designation of a new national marine sanctuary to protect the remains of more than 100 abandoned steamships and vessels built as part of America’s engagement in World War I. Mallows Bay - Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary is the first new national marine sanctuary in nearly 20 years.

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The St. Peter shipwreck

Public comment period on proposed national marine sanctuary in Lake Ontario open through July 31

NOAA is asking the public to comment on the possibility of designating a national marine sanctuary in eastern Lake Ontario to protect historically significant shipwrecks and related maritime heritage resources. You are invited to weigh in on the proposal through July 31.

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A child boogie boarding

Join us August 2-4 to “Get Into Your Sanctuary

Get Into Your Sanctuary weekend is coming up on August 2-4, 2019. Whether you're already an avid outdoors person looking for a new adventure or you've never been kayaking, fishing, or taken advantage of our amazing underwater parks, this weekend is for YOU!

Get Into Your Sanctuary Events

A stand-up paddleboarder

Get Into Your Sanctuary photo contest through September 2

From May 25 through September 2 (Labor Day weekend) , send us your best photos of the National Marine Sanctuary System and help us celebrate the beauty and importance of these special places. Tell us about your favorite national marine sanctuary using #ILoveMySanctuary!

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right whale mother and calf

Fighting for North Atlantic right whales

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered large whale species, with about 420 whales remaining. NOAA Fisheries and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary are working hard to help protect those that are left by reducing vessel strikes through the Right Whale Corporate Responsibility Project.

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father helping son fishing

Video - Fishing Happens Here

NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary System offers something for everyone, including recreational anglers! Did you know that you can fish in the majority of waters within national marine sanctuaries? National marine sanctuaries provide opportunities for families to enjoy the sport of recreational fishing and foster a sense of responsibility for America's great outdoors.

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