The Foundation, publishers of this website and its related content and services, believes that electronic privacy is crucial for the ongoing success of the Internet as a communications medium.
Any personal information you provide to us including and similar to your name, address, telephone number and email address will not be released, sold or rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below.
What We Collect and Store Automatically
The website collects and stores certain information about your browser automatically. This information is anonymized and does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and temporarily store only the following information in raw data format that is not searchable and not identifiable to you:
- the IP address of your computer or mobile device;
- information about your computer or mobile device—including the type of device, the operating system running on it, and internet browser(s) used;
- the location from, date and time the device accesses the website; and
- information about the way the device uses the website, such as which sections of the website are visited.
We use the information we collect to count the number and device information to help us improve the application. We will retain this data only to the extent necessary to improve our website and will comply with any applicable state or federal data privacy laws.
If you make a donation to the Foundation, your personal information, including your name, beneficiaries, amount of your donation and information about your estate, will be kept strictly confidential, unless you give us permission to release such information. We will honor your request for anonymity, except to the extent that the Foundation is legally required to disclose the identity of donors.
If You Send Us Email
You may choose to provide us (the Foundation) with personal information, as in email with a comment or question. This information will not be associated with the information collected on your computer or mobile device. We use the information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request.
Links to Other Sites
This application does not ask for or collect personal individually identifiable information from children.
Be careful on the web!
This website is just a gateway to NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. That means that when you click on a link, you will be leaving our site. Government sites that we provide links to also have to follow special rules for their childrens’ sites, but non-government sites do not have to follow the same rules. You may click to a site that will ask you for personal information like your name, address, telephone number, or email address. Before you provide any information, show your parent or some other responsible adult what you are doing.
You have a right to direct us not to share your information with other entities and to delete your information subject to certain exceptions. Please contact use to request for an opt-out request.
While we make every effort to ensure that the information presented on this website is error-free, errors may occur. We ask that you notify us immediately of any errors that you discover in our data. We will make every effort to correct them.
With respect to documents, databases, regulatory citations, and other information available on this website, the Foundation and its employees, and, when applicable, neither the United States Government nor any of its employees, make any warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose; nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed; nor represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. The views and opinions of authors expressed on this website do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government. This website relies on publicly available NOAA data, but the use of NOAA data does not constitute the United States Government’s endorsement of any policy or editorial statements on this website.
The appearance of external links on this website does not constitute endorsement of external websites or the information, products, or services contained therein by the Foundation, the Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Ocean Service/Office of National Marine Sanctuaries or any other federal or state agency. The inclusion of the NOAA logo on this website reflects NOAA’s role in providing boundary data and collaborating with the Foundation to expand geographic and program coverage of sanctuary boundaries and attributes, but does not indicate endorsement of the presentation or summary of this data set or associated regulatory summaries by NOAA or any other federal or state agency.
The data on this website does not represent and should not be construed to represent any NOAA agency determination, view, or policy.
Changes to this Statement:
The Foundation will occasionally update this Statement of Policy to reflect customer feedback. When changes to this Statement are made, you will see the word “updated” next to the Privacy Statement link on the front page of the Site. If there are material changes to this Statement or in how the Foundation will use your personally identifiable information, The Foundation will post changes prior to implementing the change. The Foundation encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how the Foundation is protecting your information.