Beyond the Lens: Discovering Sanctuaries Through Photography

Join us for a three part series of virtual seminars and intimate discussions to celebrate the launch of America's Marine Sanctuaries: A Photographic Exploration. Three world-class photographers will join us to talk about their craft, inspiration, and how to get the perfect shot.

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.

Extreme Tidepooling for Black Abalone on California's Central Coast

Walk a day in marine scientist and artist Oriana Poindexter's shoes as she goes extreme tidepooling to photograph the endangered black abalone. Read this first part of a series to document the history and future of California's seven species of abalone.

Diving to Protect the Rich Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Explore a day in the life of a maritime archaeologist. Stephanie Gandulla works with a team for Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary to search for, document, and protect some of the best shipwreck diving sites in the world! Discover the rich maritime history of the Great Lakes.

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Receives $134,928 from NOAA to Clean Up Debris in Florida Keys

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and its local chapter in the Florida Keys will receive funding from the NOAA Marine Debris Program to remove underwater marine debris in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

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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