Join the 2020 Combined Federal Campaign!

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is a proud participant of the Combined Federal Campaign, the world’s largest annual workplace charity campaign. The CFC official solicitation period is NOW through January 15, 2021. To designate your gift to the Foundation, use our CFC number: #10762.

Coral Restoration Project at Eastern Dry Rocks Awarded $5M Grant

We're proud recipients of a $5 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NOAA. With this support, we will work alongside partners to restore Eastern Dry Rocks, one of the seven iconic reefs in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Application Open Now!

Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2021 will be an all-virtual event! We're looking for a technology partner to create an innovative online platform for CHOW, the nation's largest ocean & Great Lakes policy conference.

Teacher at Sea Alumni Association Spreads Ocean Optimism During COVID-19

Learn how the Teacher at Sea Alumni Association has helped teachers transition to a world of virtual learning.

Discover Wonder: The Octopus Garden

In our new short film, dive with us to the dark and uncharted depths of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to the Octopus Garden, one of the rarest & deepest fertile octopus brooding colonies on the planet.

Who we are

The Foundation is a leading voice for U.S. protected waters, working with communities to conserve and expand those special places for a healthy ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. Working together, we safeguard species and the places they call home, and preserve America’s maritime history.

National marine sanctuaries and monuments — our wondrous protected waters — teeming with life and inspiring a proud community of stewards for our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes.

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation supports projects across the National Marine Sanctuary System, a network of nationally significant protected areas in our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. The National Marine Sanctuary System is comprised of 14 individual sites and spans more than 600,000 square miles of American waters.

Explore Sanctuaries

Explore America’s national marine sanctuaries. Discover the wonders they hold, and uncover what makes each site unique here. Engage with us to protect our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes.


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