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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
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Portraits of polyps

Find out how artist Colleen Maynard discovers wonder in Florida Garden Banks
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Announcing our new brand!

The Foundation is inviting people to
discover the wonder of sanctuaries
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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.
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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Contributes Billions to FL Economy

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

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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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