Goal Clean Seas: Florida Keys makes an impact in marine debris clean-up

Foundation-funded divers spent 897 hours underwater removing 14,693 pounds of debris, 78 intact lost and damaged fishing and lobster traps, hundreds of pieces of trap debris, and 16,369 feet of line.

CHOW time!

It's time to start thinking about Capitol Hill Ocean Week! This year's events take place June 9-11. Find out more about the 2020 CHOW conference, the Ocean Awards Gala and CHOW Hill Day.

Dive community speaks out for protection for the Keys

More than 50 dive businesses and industry groups signed a letter urging action for the species and seascapes on which the dive industry depends.

A groundbreaking Florida Keys coral reef restoration effort

NOAA, the Foundation and partners launch mission to restore 7 iconic reefs

National significance, local benefit

Why a new national marine sanctuary in Lake Michigan would be great for Wisconsin communities

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers expresses support for Lake Michigan sanctuary

The Great Lake contains nationally-significant collection of shipwrecks and a sanctuary would connect children to Great Lakes history and science education and support tourism and jobs

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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