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Plenary Deep Dive — Global Action for Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity

Join the Global Action for Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity plenary, sponsored by the United Nations Foundation, at Capitol Hill Ocean Week for a discussion on charting a course for global ocean action in the years to come.
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Plenary Deep Dive — Defining Priorities for Meaningful Protection

Join Capitol Hill Ocean Week’s Defining Priorities for Meaningful Protection plenary, sponsored by Nestlé, for a discussion on effective protection using marine and freshwater protected areas. Join the conversation on Tuesday, June 9 at 10:00 AM EST!
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Plenary Deep Dive — High Seas: Shared Stewardship for Our Global Ocean

Join Capitol Hill Ocean Week’s High Seas: Shared Stewardship of the Ocean plenary, sponsored by The Philip Stephenson Foundation, for a high-level discussion on the importance of protecting the high seas and exploring a path forwards in governing these waters globally.
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Expand Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA is considering expanding the boundaries of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary to include 14 additional reefs and banks in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. These reefs and banks provide important habitat for recreationally and commercially important fish and endangered and protected species.
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The Ultimate Seafood Guide

Choosing sustainable seafood can make a big impact on your health and the health of the planet. Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s new Seafood Toolkit features resources related to the nutritional value and sustainability of seafood.
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Ocean Guardian School Helps Feed Island Community During Pandemic

Volunteers at Oppe Elementary, a NOAA Ocean Guardian School, are coming together (under social distancing guidelines) to maintain a schoolyard garden and distribute produce to families in need and local food pantries in Galveston, Texas.
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Capitol Hill Ocean Week is going virtual for 2020!

The continued spread of the coronavirus challenged the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to find an innovative way to continue the great programming expected from CHOW. Join us virtually on June 9th.
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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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