Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Triples in Size

NOAA announced the expansion of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, which will increase protections from 56 square miles to 160 square miles and includes 14 critical reefs and banks.

FY21 Omnibus Appropriations bill includes support for national marine sanctuaries

The bill designates $8.5M for coral restoration projects, including Mission: Iconic Reefs, and includes language to support the designation of Papahānaumokuākea as a sanctuary.

The Ocean Lovers' Gift Guide

Are you stumped trying to find the perfect gift this holiday season? Check out our Ocean Lovers’ Gift Guide to ring in the holidays with the sea by your side. Give a gift that shares the wonders of our blue planet, or even better, gives back to it!

A Look into Wintertime at our National Marine Sanctuaries

The cooler months actually mark the start of some incredible natural events and even offer fun ways to spend outdoors. Check out what goes on during the wintertime around the National Marine Sanctuary System.

Coral Restoration Project at Eastern Dry Rocks Awarded $5M Grant

We're proud recipients of a $5 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NOAA. With this support, we will work alongside partners to restore Eastern Dry Rocks, one of the seven iconic reefs in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

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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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