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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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Cool Off and Conserve, Part II: 7 More Marine Sanctuary Destinations for Your Next Vacation

Mar 12, 2018.
National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa

You’ve pulled out the calendar, requested the time off and taken a family survey: Where should we go this year? While many ideas have surfaced, everyone keeps coming back to one thing: water. Sand, sun, surf and splashing are time-honored elements in any vacation, so it’s no wonder your crew has put it on their…

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Tufted Puffins

Mar 9, 2018.
Tufted Puffin Tufted Puffin

Solid black seabirds with orange feet, tufted puffins are fairly stocky and have rounded heads.  They are distinctive because of their facial coloring and plumage.  With an orange bill and a white face, they are adorned by wisps of blonde feathers that sweep backwards from the ears.  In size, they are similar to pigeons. The tufted…

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Monitor National Marine Sanctuary – A Maritime Heritage Site

Mar 7, 2018.
Deck Of USS Monitor

Monitor National Marine Sanctuary – Bringing People and History Together to Preserve Our National Heritage Though the US has had national parks since the 1870s, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act wasn’t established until a century later in 1972! Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (MNMS) became the first national marine sanctuary when it was established in 1975. Like many historical sites…

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Cool Off and Conserve: 7 Marine Sanctuary Destinations for Your Next Vacation

Mar 5, 2018.
Marine Life NMSF Sanctuaries

Part 1 of 2 (part 2 coming next week) Planning your next vacation is always a delight, especially when you can add in an ecological twist. This year, get ready to help the environment and enjoy the water when you visit one of the National Marine Sanctuary System’s sanctuaries or monuments. What is a sanctuary,…

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Ghost Fleet Fast Facts

Oct 31, 2017.
Photo credit: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

By Leah Izzett, guest author Mallows Bay includes historic vessels dating back to the Revolutionary War and remains of the largest ‘Ghost Fleet’ of the World War I steamships. There are 185 archeologically-documented shipwrecks. The ships extend 14 square miles making it the largest ship graveyard in the Western Hemisphere. The “ghost fleet” was part…

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Celebrating 45 Years of National Marine Sanctuaries

Oct 23, 2017.

By Olivia Tarantino, guest author Today we’re celebrating the 45th anniversary of national marine sanctuaries in the United States! While we’re excited for the future of our marine sanctuaries and everything they have to offer, we want to celebrate this milestone by looking back on some of the greatest moments in the history of national…

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Tallship Denis Sullivan Sails Lake Michigan for Get Into Your Sanctuary Day

Oct 17, 2017.
Photo credit: David J. Ruck/NOAA

By: Leah Izzett, guest author To raise public awareness for the proposed Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary, the Denis Sullivan tall ship — a re-creation of a 19th century three-masted Great Lakes schooner — set off on a week-long sail along Lake Michigan. The Denis Sullivan takes you back in time as you climb aboard…

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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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