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National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and partners fill void created by partial government shutdown

Jan 14, 2019.
Credit: Gena Parsons/National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

By Gena Parsons, Communications and Outreach Manager for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary   Partnerships pay off in times of need. With the partial government shutdown affecting Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Dry Tortugas National Park, state and nonprofit organizations stepped in to shepherd a group of college students during a long-planned trip to…

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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Count will take place despite government shutdown

Jan 8, 2019.
Photo courtesy of J. Moore – HIHWNMS/ NOAA Permit # 14682

  HAWAII – Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s annual Ocean Count will take place January 26 despite the federal government shutdown. This year, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the national non-profit partner for the National Marine Sanctuary System, will coordinate Ocean Count. “Through the support of dedicated volunteers, Ocean Count has provided more…

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National Marine Sanctuary Foundation debuts Blue Beacon Series at Mystic Aquarium

Dec 20, 2018.

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation debuted its Blue Beacon Series this month. The Blue Beacon Series aims to bring to light the ocean and Great Lakes’ biggest challenges through panels, lectures, and film screenings hosted around the country in order to build communities of support for marine protected areas. This series builds on the momentum…

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NOAA Fisheries Releases National Report on Large Whale Entanglements in the United States

Dec 6, 2018.

Today, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued its National Report On Large Whale Entanglements Confirmed in The United States in 2017. NMFS confirmed 76 cases of large whale entanglements in fishing gear or marine debris in U.S. waters last year, primarily affecting humpback whales, gray whales, minke whales, endangered blue whales and critically endangered…

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A Thanksgiving Message from Kris Sarri, President and CEO of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Nov 20, 2018.
An aerial view of Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo courtesy of Donna Hendricks as part of NOAA's Get Into Your Sanctuary Day Photo Contest.

Isn’t this time of the year wonderful?  We slow down to spend time with family and friends and reflect on what we are thankful for.   This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for the people who partner with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to help us conserve and restore America’s protected waters by removing marine debris,…

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Blue Star Dive Operators Report Removing Nearly Three Tons of Marine Debris from Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary as part of Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys

Nov 15, 2018.

The Dive Shop at the Reef, DiveN2Life, and Key Dives continue cleanup dives with support from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation as part of Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys   MONROE COUNTY, FL – Local Blue Star Dive Operators DiveN2Life, Key Dives and The Dive Shop at the Reef recently reported results from Goal: Clean Seas Florida…

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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Announces Hire of Ginaia Kelly as Chapter Director

Oct 9, 2018.
Photo by Chad King/NOAA

Contact: Marcus Reamer Strategic Communications Director, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation marcus@marinesanctuary.org 301.608.3040 x 311 MONTEREY, CA – The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (the Foundation) announces the hiring of Ginaia Kelly as chapter director of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (the Chapter). Beginning October 22, Kelly will be responsible for managing the Foundation’s local work…

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Blue Star Dive Operators Remove Over One Ton of Marine Debris from Reefs in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary as Part of Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys

Aug 20, 2018.
Photo by Matt McIntosh/NOAA

Cristal Clear Charters, DiveN2Life, and Key Dives receive funding from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to support cleanup dives as part of Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys Contact: Marcus Reamer Strategic Communications Director marcus@marinesanctuary.org 301.608.3040 x 311 The economy of the Florida Keys depends on tourism, and tourism depends on a healthy barrier reef and…

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National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Awards $120,000 Grant to Center for Coastal Studies to Engage Local Fishing Community in Research and Conservation

Jul 10, 2018.

Contact: Marcus Reamer Strategic Communications Director 301.608.3040 x 311 marcus@marinesanctuary.org    National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Awards $120,000 Grant to Center for Coastal Studies to Engage Local Fishing Community in Research and Conservation WASHINGTON, DC – The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation announces a grant of $119,147 to the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) to study bycatch…

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Partners launch 2018 program to protect blue whales and blue skies

Jun 20, 2018.
A blue whale and car carrier in the Santa Barbara Channel Photo credit: John Calambokidis/Cascadia Research

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The partners in an initiative to cut air pollution and protect whales today announced the launch of the 2018 incentive program, which will start July 1 and end November 15, 2018, with voluntary vessel speed reduction (VSR) zones in the Santa Barbara Channel region and San Francisco Bay area. For the…

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