Celebrate the Ocean

Sea to Shining Sea Newsletter - May 2020

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.

As we reach out to share some of the latest news of the National Marine Sanctuary System, we want to acknowledge that our nation, sanctuary communities, and countless partners are facing unprecedented challenges due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). While our offices and visitor centers are closed, the waters within NOAA's national marine sanctuaries are open for responsible enjoyment, in accordance with local guidance and regulations. Click here to learn more.

Fish swarm around bright corals

Provide comment on the proposed expansion of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

The proposal would increase the sanctuary’s protected area from 56 square miles to 160 square miles. These reefs provide habitat for economically important fish species, as well as for threatened and endangered species of sea turtles and corals. The sanctuary is asking the public to weigh in on this proposal through July 3.

sea lion swimming near a diver
Credit: NOAA/Nick Zachar

Looking for adventure while you're at home? Explore National Marine Sanctuaries online

If you are a teacher, parent, or student looking to learn about ocean science, conservation, and stewardship from the comfort of your home, we have the online resources for you.Take a virtual field dive to explore Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

humpback whale mother and calf swimming at the ocean surface
Credit: Laura Howes

New Research Sheds Light on Humpback Whale Nursing Behavior

A recent study provides a better look at how calves nurse, and how mothers and calves behave together during this period. Through the use of new technologies, scientists are gaining new insights into these underwater activities. Click here to read more.

fish swimming over a coral reef
Credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey

A Balancing Act: Foster Scholar Nury Molina Studies How Fish Keep Coral Reefs Healthy

When stony corals dominate the ocean floor, they form vibrant reefs that are home to marine life. When coral reefs are damaged and overrun by algae, the natural reef barrier breaks down. how can the scale be tipped back towards healthy coral reefs? Click here to read more. .

Three sea turtles surrounded by bright yellow fish
Credit: NOAA/Nick Zachar

Webinar Series - Earth is Blue: Educational Videos About Your National Marine Sanctuaries

May 14, 2020 at 2 pm Pacific / 5 pm Eastern - Register Here

Come along as we share how our video team creates these incredible videos about our ocean and Great Lakes, how you can access and use them, and how you can even contribute to our Earth is Blue campaign.

Steps leed to a lighthouse down a steep slope with the ocean in the background
Credit: NOAA/Nick Zachar

Video Highlight- Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Off the coast of California, a mysterious mountain rises from the continental shelf. This is Cordell Bank, home to an astonishing array of technicolor marine life.