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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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Multimedia Underwater Adventures, from the Comfort of Your Own Home

Jan 24, 2018.
Credit: Emma Hickerson/NOAA, in collaboration with The Ocean Agency

Winter is here, and as the temperature continues to drop, there are fewer opportunities for many of us to get out on–or into–the water. While we’re all waiting for this summer’s Get Into Your Sanctuary Day to get back to some of our favorite outdoor activities, here at the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, every day…

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Administration’s Offshore Energy Proposal Could Open National Marine Sanctuaries

Jan 5, 2018.
Photo by Matt McIntosh/NOAA

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Interior announced its plans to open over 90 percent of America’s Outer Continental Shelf for offshore oil and gas exploration and development. As part of the development of the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024, the Administration’s plan proposes the largest number of lease sales in…

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The Legend of the Christmas Tree Ship

Dec 22, 2017.

Happy holidays from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation! As we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season, we’re highlighting a favorite holiday-related shipwreck with a fascinating, over one-hundred year history: the Christmas Tree Ship. Found in the waters off the coast of the currently proposed Wisconsin — Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary, the…

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