The National Marine Sanctuaries
The National Marine Sanctuary program began in 1972 as a way to protect distinctive natural and cultural resources in the marine environment. Since that time 12 areas have been designated as National Marine Sanctuaries. Staff at each location conduct planning, site management and scientific research and promote education and public awareness.
Learn more about the National Marine Sanctuaries:
Gulf of the Farallones
Flower Garden Banks
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale