Statement on the passing of Sen. Carl Levin

Silver Spring, Md. – July 30, 2021 – The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation released the following statement from  President and CEO Kris Sarri:

“The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation expresses its deepest condolences on the passing of Sen. Carl Levin. Sen. Levin was a tireless champion of conservation and national marine sanctuaries, particularly his home-state Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

“He embraced the idea of sanctuaries as a means to protect his beloved Great Lakes, playing an integral part in building support for future sanctuaries, including Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary, which he saw designated last month, and the proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary, currently in the designation process. Sen. Levin envisioned a network of connected Great Lakes national marine sanctuaries that celebrate both the region’s brilliant natural and maritime heritage treasures and enhance educational opportunities and economic prosperity for lakeshore communities. The Foundation celebrated Sen. Levin’s ocean and Great Lakes conservation accomplishments with its Leadership Award at the 2014 Ocean Awards Gala.

“We appreciate all of Sen. Levin’s work to conserve our waters and our world, and we send our deepest condolences to his family.”



 Chip Weiskotten

Director of Strategic Communications




The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, established in 2000, is the official non-profit partner of the National Marine Sanctuary System. The Foundation directly supports America’s national marine sanctuaries through our mission to protect species, conserve ecosystems and preserve America’s maritime heritage. We accomplish our mission through community stewardship and engagement programs, on-the-water conservation projects, public education and outreach programs, and scientific research and exploration. The Foundation fosters innovative projects that are solution-oriented, scalable and transferable, and develop strategic partnerships that promote the conservation and recovery of species and their habitats. Learn more at