National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Celebrates 20 Years!

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Thank you for your support of this remarkable organization and for our national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments.

Get Into Your Sanctuary

From July 31 - August 2, join us & NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries for the Get into Your Sanctuary celebration which focuses on raising awareness about the value of our national marine sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation and tourism through a series of special activities.

Tips for a Plastic-Free July

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. As part of Plastic Free July, you have the opportunity to take part in a challenge to live without single-use plastics as much as possible. The end result is cleaner streets, waterways, and communities. Are you up for the challenge?

Summer Must-Reads for Ocean Lovers

Whether you’re by the ocean, the pool, or inside escaping the heat, summer is the perfect time to unwind with a good book! Check out our summer must-reads list curated for ocean lovers everywhere with topics ranging from the climate crisis to plastic pollution to ocean exploration.

Become a Water Quality Monitor with Potomac Riverkeeper Network

The Foundation is supporting the expansion of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network's water quality monitoring program to three sites at Mallows Bay as part of our commitment to protecting our marine treasures and creating stewards who conserve these places. Potomac Riverkeeper is conducting virtual training for citizen scientists to learn sampling and monitoring techniques.

Statement from CEO Addressing Racism

``The America that I see today is not the one that my family raised me to believe in so fervently. But, it is our country for millions of Americans who experience racism, injustice, and inhumanity every day of their lives. `` - Kris Sarri, president and CEO

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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