We celebrate our own mothers every year in mid-May, so why not nurture Mother Earth herself this month by participating or volunteering at a national marine sanctuary (NMS) near you?
The following sanctuaries have open public comment periods and/or will hold public meetings in May and June.
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Florida Keys NMS has an open public comment period to guide a review of the sanctuary’s marine zones and regulations, and meetings will be held in June.
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. Monitor NMS released a draft management plan and draft environmental impact statement for public comment through June 22.
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Thunder Bay NMS has an open public comment period through May 25 to develop a draft environmental impact statement for possible boundary expansion.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Additionally, Flower Garden Banks NMS released a final management plan on April 27.
All national marine sanctuaries welcome volunteers in a variety of capacities. The following sanctuaries offer volunteer training or are seeking advisory council members through June.
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Gray’s Reef NMS seeks applicants for its advisory council through June 29.
Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale NMS seeks applicants for its advisory council through June 30.
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Olympic Coast NMS will hold volunteer training on May 9, 16, and 23.
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Stellwagen Bank NMS will soon seek applicants for 11 advisory council seats, including a non-voting Youth Alternate seat.