Marine sanctuaries are a valuable tool to help reduce stress in specific geographic areas by controlling pollution, promoting research, and educating and engaging the public.

The list below highlights a few of marine sanctuary successes.  We can only hope to continue to build on this proven process for regenerating life in our seas.

Ocean Sanctuary Alliance

Left alone, the Ocean has the power to heal itself The Ocean Sanctuary Alliance is a partnership of UN Member States and leaders from across disciplines. Our mission is to restore and sustain the world’s ocean by securing national commitments to establish science-based marine sanctuaries. We seek to accomplish the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 14,… Continue reading Ocean Sanctuary Alliance

National Marine Sanctuaries

The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 600,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters from Washington state to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The network includes a system of 13 national marine sanctuaries and Papahānaumokuākea and… Continue reading National Marine Sanctuaries

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

WHAT IS AN MPA? “Marine protected area” is a broad term for a park or other protected area that includes some marine or Great Lakes area. Executive Order 13158 defines an MPA as: “…any area of the marine environment that has been reserved by federal, state, territorial, tribal, or local laws or regulations to provide lasting protection… Continue reading Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

Sanctuary System

Protecting Important Marine Ecosystems Around the Nation National marine sanctuaries are special areas that protect important marine ecosystems around the nation. Some sanctuaries are breeding and feeding grounds for endangered whales, others contain thriving coral reefs or kelp forests, and many are home to historic shipwrecks and other archaeological treasures. NOAA’s Office of National Marine… Continue reading Sanctuary System

President Executive Order 13158

United States National System of Marine Protected Areas The National System of Marine Protected Areas of the United States is a national initiative designed to strengthen the protection of U.S. ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources through the coordination of existing marine protected areas (MPAs). The national system of MPAs consists of the group of MPA sites, networks, and… Continue reading President Executive Order 13158

World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Marine Programme Ensuring conservation of World Heritage marine sites We provide essential support – based on scientific data and analysis – to the World Heritage Committee and national governments, so they can monitor and evaluate the state of conservation in World Heritage marine sites. 4 focus areas Safeguarding Our core task: ensuring the… Continue reading World Heritage Sites