Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS)

Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

This website provides information about the nation's marine sanctuary system, including the history of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the authorizing legislation and regulations, descriptions of the sanctuaries and links to their websites, a photo gallery for each of the sanctuaries, feature stories on selected scientific activities at some of the sanctuaries, and lists of educational resources.

The websites below for each of the 13 national marine sanctuaries and one marine national monument provide information on the natural environment and/or cultural resources of the sites, research and monitoring activities, education and outreach efforts, and management activities including updates on revisions to management plans. Some of the websites include photo and video galleries, calendars of events, links to real-time weather, staff biographies, and information about advisory councils.

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