Tips for COVID-Conscious and Eco-Friendly July 4th Celebrations

America’s Independence Day celebrations are known for bright fireworks, lively gatherings, and trips to the beach. Unfortunately, in the wake of these celebrations, we also see a trail of trash. Here are our tips for a celebration that is mindful of our shared planet and a global pandemic that has changed our way of life for a little while.

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.

Chef's Galley: CHOW Down on Sustainable Seafood

At CHOW 2020, several renowned chefs joined us to demonstrate their favorite sustainable seafood dishes. And, now you can make it at home. Grab one of the recipe cards and follow along as the Chefs demo their tasty recipes. By choosing sustainable seafood, you can make a big impact on the health of the planet. Bon Appétit!

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

Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument loses protections

One of the most effective tools for protecting fisheries, other marine life, and habitats are protected areas, such as national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments.

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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