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Our Response to Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council’s Recommendation to expand Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary

May 10, 2018.
Photo Credit: G.P. Schmahl/NOAA

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation issued the following statement in support of the recommendation by the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) to expand Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary:   The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation commends the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary SAC for their work with the National Oceanic…

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National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to Honor Ocean Champions at 16th Annual Ocean Awards Gala

May 9, 2018.

Washington, DC – The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation announced its 2018 Ocean Awards Gala honorees: Gordon and Betty Moore will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) will receive the Conservation Innovation Award; and, Will Benson will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award. Honorees will accept their awards at the gala…

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National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Seeks Proposals to Remove Marine Debris in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Apr 16, 2018.
Photo by Matt McIntosh/NOAA

In support of Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is providing $80,000 to Blue Star dive operators to remove underwater marine debris and aid in restoration efforts. Monroe County, FL  – The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (the Foundation) announces a funding opportunity for the removal of marine debris within the Florida Keys…

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National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Announces Open Registration for Capitol Hill Ocean Week

Mar 19, 2018.
Capitol Hill Week 2018

Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2018 Offers Expanded Opportunities to Engage in Ocean and Great Lakes Policy   Washington, DC — The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (the Foundation) announced the opening of registration for Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) 2018, the nation’s premier ocean policy conference, bringing together global stakeholders to discuss ocean and Great Lakes…

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New Partnership to Monitor Mallows Bay Water Quality

Mar 13, 2018.
Photo: Kimberly Hernandez/Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Long-Term Monitoring Site to Benefit Public, Resource Managers, and Scientists Charles County, Maryland – The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (the Foundation) and Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced a five-year partnership to monitor water quality at Mallows Bay on the Potomac River, a site being considered for designation as a national marine sanctuary. The partnership plans…

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Eleven global shipping companies slowed transits in 2017 program to protect blue whales and blue skies

Mar 12, 2018.
Photo: John Calambodikis/Cascadia Research

Program cuts more than 80 tons of smog-forming emissions   SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The partners in an initiative to cut air pollution and protect whales today announced results from the 2017 program and publicly recognized the 11 shipping companies who participated, reducing speeds to 12 knots or less in two regions. For the first…

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Statement in Response to Governor Scott Walker’s Request to Rescind the Nomination of the Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary

Mar 9, 2018.
Photo: Tamara Thomsen/Wisconsin Historical Society

Wisconsin’s maritime heritage runs deep. Designating a national marine sanctuary would preserve Lake Michigan shipwrecks and cultural artifacts that represent the tenacity and entrepreneurial spirt of generations of Americans.  Wisconsin communities along the lakeshore worked together to nominate and support a Wisconsin-Lake Michigan to preserve our Nation’s history, to connect children to Great Lakes history…

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Recapping the Watershed Grants Partnership

Feb 12, 2018.

Back in April, NOAA Office of Education partnered with the U.S. Department of Education and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (the Foundation) in a new program to bring environmental STEM experiences to students and educators all across the country. The NOAA-21st CCLC Watershed STEM Education Partnership grants program was issued by the Foundation to enable NOAA…

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Recovery and Resilience in the Florida Keys: An Update From Kris Sarri, President and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Jan 25, 2018.
Photo credit: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Anyone who has made the trip from Miami to the Florida Keys knows that it is one of the most beautiful and scenic drives in America. Driving down U.S. 1 South last month on my way to attend a meeting of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee, I was not sure what to…

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National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Announces 2018 Hollings Award Grantees

Jan 25, 2018.
Photo: Kate Bimrose/NOAA

Silver Spring, MD – Today, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (the Foundation) announced over $140,000 in Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Awards to protect endangered species, engage children in science, and increase awareness about America’s treasured national marine sanctuaries. The Foundation selected five recipients for this year’s awards. Two projects –Space to Sea: A Photographic…

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Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) 
June 5-7, 2018
Washington, D.C.

The nation’s premier annual conference examining current marine, coastal, and Great Lakes policy issues.
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CHOW 2018

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