Conservation and Restoration

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Our national marine sanctuaries are hotspots for biodiversity. They are home to iconic species like migratory whales and majestic sea birds, and habitats like massive coral reefs and towering kelp forests; and, they preserve our historical and cultural remains like shipwrecks, aircraft, and artifacts that define our nation’s maritime history. The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s work aids in the conservation, restoration, and protection of these special places.

Marine Debris Removal

From plastic straws to derelict fishing gear, marine debris threatens aquatic life and sensitive habitats.


Restoration initiatives are critical to reversing the degradation affecting many key habitats.

Species Conservation

Sanctuaries are key to protecting the miraculous species that sustain the ocean.
Photo: A. Neufeld/Coral Restoration Foundation