Celebrate the Ocean

Sea to Shining Sea Newsletter - October 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 photo of a shipwreck in mallows bay potomic river national marine sanctuary

Celebrate the designation of Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary

On November 9th, NOAA, the state of Maryland, and Charles County will host a public celebration to commemorate the designation of Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary, the first national marine sanctuary designated since 2000. All ages welcome.

An arching rock formation on a coastline

Provide comment on Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Management Plan review

As sanctuary resources, environmental conditions, and partnerships have changed over the last decade, it is time to review our management approach for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Through November 15, we want to hear your comments on how we can best manage this special place. Learn how to weigh in.

Divers examine the bow of a shipwreck

Now accepting applications for the Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

NOAA is now seeking applications for seats on the advisory council for a proposed national marine sanctuary in the New York waters of Lake Ontario. Apply to represent your community interest on a council that will provide guidance and advice to NOAA through the sanctuary designation process.

Two barracudas in shallow water

‘Get In Your Sanctuary” Photo Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all of the photographers who shared their view of national marine sanctuaries with us! See the winning photos and full submission list.

A young student holds up a container filled with red, plastic straws. She had placed a sticker on the side of the container that says “Skip the Straw”.

Students take action against single use plastic

Students of two NOAA Ocean Guardian schools in Santa Barbara, Calif. have tackled the issue of marine plastic debris in their community. By leading campaigns targeting single-use plastics in schools and local businesses, the students have seen a tangible reduction in plastic waste on their city’s beaches.

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A few fish swimming

Video: Grouper spawning site at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Learn why grouper spawning areas near NOAA's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary are important for healthy fish populations!