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The Ocean Guardians at Greta Oppe Elementary

Jun 4, 2018.

By Katy Bland, Guest Author On Galveston Island, Texas, the home of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary headquarters, students at Greta Oppe Elementary Campus of Coastal Studies (Oppe) are ‘Ocean Guardians.’ “We have to do everything in our power to keep the ocean clean,” emphasizes Rhiannon, a student on The Green Team at Oppe….

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Hands on the Shore, Eyes on the Bay

May 22, 2018.
(Photo courtesy of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation)

By Katy Bland, Guest Author On Saturday, April 28, roughly 100 community members, local, state, and federal officials, and leadership from multiple non-profit organizations came together on a foggy morning for the 5th Annual Mallows Bay Trash Cleanup as part of the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative. The trash cleanup is one of many recent…

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Creature Feature: Krill

May 18, 2018.
Krill Animal Organism

Krill are zooplankton, small invertebrates that live in gigantic ocean swarms near the ocean’s surface. They resemble tiny shrimp and are a critical component of the marine life ecosystem as a food source for other species, including whales, seals, squids, penguins, and numerous other birds and fish. There are more than 85 known species of…

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Investing in the Next Generation of Ocean Stewards through Education Alliance Partnerships

Apr 26, 2018.

By Chloe Bean, Grants Manager On June 30, 2018, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will complete its 17th year of Ocean Exploration Education Alliance Partnerships. The Foundation sponsors this program in cooperation with NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER). Through these partnerships, educators across the…

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Recapping the 2018 Sanctuary Ocean Count

Apr 26, 2018.
Photo courtesy of NOAA and taken under NOAA permit #14097-22

This past winter, NOAA’s Sanctuary Ocean Count (Ocean Count) took place within Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (HIHWNMS), with a total of 1,648 volunteers participating over three events. Ocean Counts are held on the last Saturday of January, February, and March during peak whale watching season, and offers a great opportunity for the…

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Recapping Our Annual Sanctuary Fly-In

Apr 2, 2018.

In early March, sanctuary community leaders from across the nation called their elected officials and met with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill. These grassroots efforts underscore the value of marine sanctuaries and the need to conserve areas of national significance in our oceans and Great Lakes, to advance scientific research and…

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Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies

Apr 2, 2018.

  Home to cold, blue, productive waters, the state of California is a host to many charismatic ocean species, including the largest on the planet, the elusive blue whale. Though some types of whales are spotted year round in sanctuary waters, blues and most populations of large whales typically gather in large numbers in these…

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Join Us for Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2018!

Mar 19, 2018.
Capitol Hill Week 2018

We are excited to announce the events for Capitol Hill Ocean Week, June 5-7 2018 in Washington, DC! CHOW offers an unforgettable opportunity to interact with marine policy leaders from around the world as you discuss important issues that affect our oceans and Great Lakes. You’ll join over 700 scholars, scientists, businesses and conservation leaders —…

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Creature Feature: The Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

Mar 16, 2018.
Hawaiian Monk Seal

The Hawaiian monk seal is endangered, having been hunted almost to extinction in the 19th century, with only about 1,200 individuals at last count in 2016 in their native habitats in the Hawaiian Islands. One of their closest relatives, the Caribbean monk seal, went extinct in the 1950’s and the Mediterranean monk seal may be headed…

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Your Pre-Trip Course to Responsible Wildlife Viewing in Sanctuaries

Mar 15, 2018.
Respect Wildlife In National Marine Sanctuaries Respect Wildlife In National Marine Sanctuaries

The National Marine Sanctuary System offers a fantastic array of experiences, from whale watching to fishing to diving and more. While a marine adventure is a sure bet for vacation fun, though, it is important to respect the ecosystems with which you interact. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “irresponsible human behavior can disturb…

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