Celebrate the Ocean

Sea to Shining Sea Newsletter - July 2020

Few places can compete with the diversity of the National Marine Sanctuary System, which protects America's most iconic natural and cultural marine resources. Throughout the system, we work with diverse partners and stakeholders to promote responsible and sustainable uses that ensure the health of our most valued ocean places. These ocean parks are open to the public, and we invite you to enjoy them and join us as we explore the depths of the ocean.

Portland ship painting
Photo credit: Photo: Maine Historical Society

Watch Live - Exploring Shipwrecks in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Today through August 27, tune in live as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Marine Imaging Technologies explore the life and shipwrecks of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Research will focus on the wreck of the steamship Portland and a mystery coal schooner located within the sanctuary.

Click here for the schedule of live broadcasts from the shipwrecks and commentaries with the research team.

People kayaking
Photo: Claire Fackler

Discover National Marine Sanctuaries on the ParkPassport Mobile App

On the ParkPassport mobile app, you can now dive into the National Marine Sanctuary System. In collaboration with the National Park Trust, Blue Star Families, and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, NOAA is providing an easier way to explore the ocean and Great Lakes. Learn more about the app here.

A Shark
Photo by Mike Johnson

Get Into Your Sanctuary 2020 Photo Contest!

To celebrate the beauty of NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary System, we are accepting submissions for the annual Get Into Your Sanctuary photo contest. Winning photos will be featured in the Earth is Blue Magazine, Get Into Your Sanctuary recreation magazine, and the Earth is Blue social media campaign. Click here to learn more about the photo contest. Click here to learn more about the photo contest.

Celebrating the 2020 Nancy Foster Scholars

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has selected three graduate students as recipients of the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship, representing graduate-level areas of study such as marine biology, oceanography and maritime archaeology. The scholarship recognizes outstanding scholarship and encourages independent graduate level research, particularly by female and minority students.

Ship hunt crew on a ship
Photo: Project Shiphunt

Webinar - Using Film to Drive Social Change

n 2011, five high school students took on the adventure of a lifetime during Project Shiphunt. Join the webinar to learn more about this experience from one of the students, Tirrea Billings.

$226 Million Goes Toward Gulf Restoration

NOAA Fisheries announced a new five-year agreement with the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission and an initial award of $870,592 to help restore recreational fish species impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill under NOAA’s Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program.

Learn more here.

Galapagos shark
Photo (from footage): Dr. Richard Pyle/Bishop Museum

Video - Galapagos Sharks

Galapagos sharks are a fairly common sight in the protected waters of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Get to know these impressive creatures in our new Earth Is Blue video!

Aerial of a cove with bright water enclosed by rock
Photo Credit: Chad King/NOAA

Provide Input on Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Draft Management Plan

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a hotspot for wildlife watching and responsible recreation. NOAA is proposing changes to the site’s management plan and minor changes to the regulations of the sanctuary. Interested members of the public can provide input on the proposal through September 4, 2020.

Click here for more information on how to submit comments or register for public meetings.

barracudas swimming near a reef
Photo Credit: Mike Johnson

Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest Open Through Labor Day

The Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest is now open! Send us your best photos of the National Marine Sanctuary System by Labor Day (September 7) and you could be featured in our annual Earth Is Blue Magazine, the Get Into Your Sanctuary recreation magazine, as well as the Earth Is Blue social media campaign.

Click here for more information on how to participate.

Aerial of kayaker paddling next to exposed wrecks.
Photo Credit: David Ruck/NOAA

Recreating Responsibly in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

At Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Leave No Trace Hot Spot program reminds us how we can help preserve marine resources through our actions. A team of trainers from Leave No Trace worked with hundreds of locals and visitors to communicate the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace. Read more here!

Diver above a reef with schools of fish around them.
Photo Credit: Scott Bauer

Get Into Your Sanctuary July 31st-August 2nd!

Join us virtually to learn about the National Marine Sanctuary System! Tune into our LIVE Get Into Your Sanctuary programming July 31 to August 2, by visiting our Facebook page! Each national marine sanctuary will host virtual programs, including live tours, cooking demonstrations and shipwreck discovery stories.

Learn more and access the schedule here!

Purple octopus on ROV gear
Photo Credit: OET/NOAA

Oasis in the Deep: Davidson Seamount

Davidson Seamount is a deep sea region in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Once underwater volcanoes that emerged from the seafloor, seamounts are hotspots for biodiversity both above and below the ocean’s surface. Explore Davidson Seamount in Monterey Bay through remotely operated vehicles dives here.

Diver holds up a large mat of alga
Photo Credit: Heather Spalding/College of Charleston

Newly-Named Alga Chondria Tumolsa

In 2019, divers discovered a new type of algae in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Almost one year later, researchers have named this algal species Chondria tumolsa, yet its origin remains unknown. Read more about the newly discovered algae here!

two white shells over a black background

Webinar Series - Understanding Ocean Acidification

Learn about ocean acidification using NOAA’s new educational tool, Data in the Classroom. Data in the Classroom is designed to help teachers and students use real scientific NOAA data to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events.

August 13, 2020 at 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern - Register Today