The Ocean Awards Gala is back for 2021!

This year, the Ocean Awards Gala will celebrate the dedicated community of stewards who had the vision to protect Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Join us on June 10th for a first-of-its-kind virtual celebration of our ocean champions!

2020 Goal: Clean Seas Impact Report

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation released a report on the marine debris removal work it supported through Goal: Clean Seas in Florida Keys & Channel Islands national marine sanctuaries.

Kelp Restoration & Recovery in Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

In Northern California, kelp forests are disappearing. Kelp restoration is no easy task, but passionate partners are taking critical steps towards fostering kelp recovery through a Foundation-funded project.

Give the Gift of Wonder

Send an eCard or physical card to your loved ones! Select a card, include the name and address you would like to send it to, and we will handle the rest!

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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