Marine Debris in Papahānaumokuākea

Why it’s a problem even in the most remote places, and how you can help

Collaboration is key to new study of local fisheries near Stellwagen Bank

A group of scientists are working with commercial fishermen to understand bycatch and depredation in gillnet fishing gear.

Study: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Contributes $4.4 Billion and 43,000 Jobs to State's Economy

The sanctuary is a major driver of tourism and recreation dollars, with economic benefits rippling across Florida.

Mallows Bay-Potomac River ``Ghost Fleet`` Gets Closer to Sanctuary Status

The sanctuary is expected to be finalized by the end of 2019 and will be the first designated in 19 years.

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Applauds New Sanctuary Designation Proposed for Great Lake Ontario

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation commends the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for initiating the designation of Great Lake Ontario nomination as a national marine sanctuary.

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