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National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Silver Spring,  MD 
United States
http://marinesanctuary.org


Dive In to America's National Marine Sanctuaries!

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation strives to connect each of us to the living waters within our national marine sanctuaries, resulting in a healthier ocean through conservation, collaborative education, recreation, and outreach.

Learn how your business can get the competitive edge AND how protect & enjoy places your customers care about. Visit us at our virtual booth or online at www.marinesanctuary.org or National Marine Sanctuaries. Also, please attend the "GROW BUSINESS PRODUCTIVITY THROUGH BETTER ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES” session on Nov. 18th @ 11:00AM PST.


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Adventure in National Marine Sanctuaries

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  • Divers lucky enough to dive in national marine sanctuaries, America's underwater parks, might emphasize that their experience was enhanced by marine life encounters, elaborate coral reefs, towering kelp forests and historic shipwrecks. This summer, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries launched Sanctuaries 360°, a collection of immersive underwater experiences to bring these exceptional places to viewers all over the world. These underwater parks are destinations for many who want to visit the ocean and experience immense beauty, biodiversity and have the chance to encounter marine life. Thankfully, virtual reality technology has enabled us to visit incredible places from the comfort of our homes. So sit back, enjoy and plan a dive into a national marine sanctuary!


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  • Come dive in America's underwater parks!
    The National Marine Sanctuary System has something for every diver of all experience levels!...

  • From the shipwrecks of Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary to the coral reefs of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Hawaiian Islands National Marine Sanctuary, you can guarantee that you'll have a world-class diving experience in national marine sanctuaries. Find your perfect site, grab your gear, and dive into America's underwater parks!
  • Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
    A diver explores a plane that went down in the Santa Barbara Channel in 1945. (Photo: Robert Schwemmer, NOAA)...

  • Close to the mainland, yet worlds apart, the magnificent and diverse waters of Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary encompass the ocean environment and five of the eight California Channel Islands. Towering kelp forests, sea caves, and coves of the Channel Islands offer some of the best diving in the world. Explore the depths that have claimed over 150 historic shipwrecks. Many of the shipwrecks in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are accessible to divers at depths appealing to a variety of skill levels. Even if you can't make it out to the sanctuary, you can still get up close and personal with the wildlife of the Channel Islands with a virtual dive!
  • Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
    Discover a variety of sharks and rays diving in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary!...

  • Close to the mainland, yet worlds apart, the magnificent and diverse waters of Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary encompass the ocean environment and five of the eight California Channel Islands. Towering kelp forests, sea caves, and coves of the Channel Islands offer some of the best diving in the world. Explore the depths that have claimed over 150 historic shipwrecks. Many of the shipwrecks in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are accessible to divers at depths appealing to a variety of skill levels. Even if you can't make it out to the sanctuary, you can still get up close and personal with the wildlife of the Channel Islands with a virtual dive!
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
    Researcher Chad King is transported to another world in one of the lush kelp forests that run along the central California coast. A fantastic diving adventure awaits you in one of the the most biologically diverse areas in the world....

  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary waters are filled with life! A variety of unique habitats are waiting to be explored by SCUBA, each harboring a spectacular array of plants and animals. Discover the thrill of diving lush kelp forests, rocky reefs, shale beds or sandy sea floors and diving in one of the most biodiverse underwater areas in the world!
  • Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
    The sailing vessel Northwestern lies 130 feet below the surface of Lake Huron. Sunk in a collision in 1850, it's a striking example of the preservation possible in the cold freshwater of the Great Lakes and one of the many wrecks you can see while diving....

  • Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 4,300 square miles of clear, freshwater Lake Huron, in the heart of the Great Lakes. With shipwrecks sites ranging from 10 feet deep to 300 feet deep, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary offers snorkeling, and recreational & technical diving opportunities. Divers can see firsthand old wooden schooners and huge steel freighters. Step back in time and experience world-class diving in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary - or check out a virtual dive to experience the majesty of Thunder Bay's shipwrecks from the comfort of your own home!
  • Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
    Manta rays are regular visitors to Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and the highlight of many dives at East and West Flower Garden Banks. The sanctuary is also considered a manta ray nursery....

  • Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is a coral reef oasis in the northern Gulf of Mexico. This unique dive destination, located 70-115 miles off the Texas/Louisiana coastline, offers more coral than you've ever seen in one place, as well as colorful reef fish, manta rays, sea turtles, and sharks. Dives are relatively deep (70-90') and conditions can be quite challenging due to the nature of the offshore environment, so this is considered more of an intermediate to advanced dive experience. Most divers visit on a live aboard dive boat.
  • Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
    A dive boat is secured to a sanctuary mooring buoy, marking the site of a shipwreck. The sanctuary maintains mooring buoys on over 40 shipwreck sites, providing access to these irreplaceable archaeological sites!...

  • Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 4,300 square miles of clear, freshwater Lake Huron, in the heart of the Great Lakes. With shipwrecks sites ranging from 10 feet deep to 300 feet deep, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary offers snorkeling, and recreational & technical diving opportunities. Divers can see firsthand old wooden schooners and huge steel freighters. Step back in time and experience world-class diving in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary - or check out a virtual dive to experience the majesty of Thunder Bay's shipwrecks from the comfort of your own home!
  • Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
    Tropical reef fishes swarm over the highest pinnacle at Stetson Bank providing excellent fish watching opportunities. Sharks and rays are also known to cruise along the nearby wall....

  • Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is a coral reef oasis in the northern Gulf of Mexico. This unique dive destination, located 70-115 miles off the Texas/Louisiana coastline, offers more coral than you've ever seen in one place, as well as colorful reef fish, manta rays, sea turtles, and sharks. Dives are relatively deep (70-90') and conditions can be quite challenging due to the nature of the offshore environment, so this is considered more of an intermediate to advanced dive experience. Most divers visit on a live aboard dive boat.
  • Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
    Vibrant sponges, soft corals, and other invertebrates greet divers exploring one of the Southeast’s premier dive locations....

  • Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is a hidden gem off the coast of Georgia. At 65 feet, this live bottom reef offers divers the opportunity to see ledges, sea turtles, schools of Atlantic spadefish, and a diversity of 900 species of invertebrates. Gray’s Reef was designated as a national marine sanctuary because of its diversity of species and abundance of marine life. It is the only protected natural reef in the Atlantic Ocean between Cape Hatteras and Cape Canaveral and is open to diving and fishing year-round!
  • Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
    Nurse sharks, Loggerhead sea turtles and other large animals are a common find in the undercuts throughout the miles of and ledges at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Over 200 species of fish call the underwater park ‘home’....

  • Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is a hidden gem off the coast of Georgia. At 65 feet, this live bottom reef offers divers the opportunity to see ledges, sea turtles, schools of Atlantic spadefish, and a diversity of 900 species of invertebrates. Gray’s Reef was designated as a national marine sanctuary because of its diversity of species and abundance of marine life. It is the only protected natural reef in the Atlantic Ocean between Cape Hatteras and Cape Canaveral and is open to diving and fishing year-round!
  • Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
    Mission: Iconic Reefs divers work to replant staghorn coral to a reef. The project is a multi-year agency partnership aiming to significantly restore 7 iconic reefs within Florida Keys....

  • Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects 3,800 square miles of marine habitats, supporting diving activities from nearshore patch reefs to offshore wrecks and reef sites. There are also maritime heritage resources ranging from indigenous campsites, to civil war light houses, to modern warships scuttled for recreational opportunities. It is also home to the Blue Star Diving program which recognizes dive shops that provide exceptional, and responsible, dive experiences within the marine sanctuary waters. Even if you can't make it to the sanctuary, you can still experience the beauty of the Florida Keys with a virtual dive!
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
    Professional photographer Nathan Coy captures the beauty of diving in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary....

  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary waters are filled with life! A variety of unique habitats are waiting to be explored by SCUBA, each harboring a spectacular array of plants and animals. Discover the thrill of diving lush kelp forests, rocky reefs, shale beds or sandy sea floors and diving in one of the most biodiverse underwater areas in the world!
  • Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
    Divers with The Dive Shop carefully untangle line that is wrapped around the reef. Several Blue Star Operators offer the opportunity for divers to help out with underwater cleanups. Photo Credit: Alisia Carlson...

  • Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects 3,800 square miles of marine habitats, supporting diving activities from nearshore patch reefs to offshore wrecks and reef sites. There are also maritime heritage resources ranging from indigenous campsites, to civil war light houses, to modern warships scuttled for recreational opportunities. It is also home to the Blue Star Diving program which recognizes dive shops that provide exceptional, and responsible, dive experiences within the marine sanctuary waters. Even if you can't make it to the sanctuary, you can still experience the beauty of the Florida Keys with a virtual dive!

  • National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa
    Standing at a whopping 21 feet tall in the Ta’u Valley of the Giants is "Big Momma," a Porites coral that is more than 500 years old! Get used to feeling small diving next to some of the largest corals in the world....

  • From the coastal bay of Fagatele Bay to the coral atoll of Swains Island, you are sure to find breathtaking diving opportunities in the waters of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. A volcanic island chain that stretches more than 300 miles, this national marine sanctuary has something new to discover on every island and lagoon. Dive in and see for yourself - or experience the wonder of American Samoa from the comfort of your own home with a virtual dive!

  • National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa
    The bottoms of Swains Island is known to researchers for its high coral cover and diversity. While marveling at the mesmerizing reef, keep an eye out for large schools of predators sniffing out their next meal....

  • From the coastal bay of Fagatele Bay to the coral atoll of Swains Island, you are sure to find breathtaking diving opportunities in the waters of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. A volcanic island chain that stretches more than 300 miles, this national marine sanctuary has something new to discover on every island and lagoon. Dive in and see for yourself - or experience the wonder of American Samoa from the comfort of your own home with a virtual dive!
  • Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
    Can you spot the shipwreck in this photo? Over time, shipwrecks like this one in Stellwagen Bank become part of the environment, serving as shelter for many different species. It's a great place to spot some cool wildlife!...

  • Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary offers divers a chance to explore an offshore environment at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay. Here, you’ll find a broad variety of marine life, a colorful seafloor, and spectacular shipwrecks. Even if you can't make it to the sanctuary, you can still enjoy a virtual dive from the comfort of your own home!
  • Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
    Anemones, stalked tunicates, coralline algae, and spiny sunstars add to the gorgeous colors of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary....

  • Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary offers divers a chance to explore an offshore environment at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay. Here, you’ll find a broad variety of marine life, a colorful seafloor, and spectacular shipwrecks. Even if you can't make it to the sanctuary, you can still enjoy a virtual dive from the comfort of your own home!
  • Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
    Be prepared to be transported back in time when you come face-to-face with the wreck of the ironclad USS Monitor....

  • There’s something for everyone looking to dive in Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. You can explore the wreck of the USS Monitor, a Union ironclad vessel that sank in 1862 in the midst of the Civil War, or have a close encounter with the sanctuary’s breathtaking wildlife. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind wreck dive, you can’t miss Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.
  • Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
    Sand tiger sharks abound in Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with these placid predators makes for a truly memorable diving experience....

  • There’s something for everyone looking to dive in Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. You can explore the wreck of the USS Monitor, a Union ironclad vessel that sank in 1862 in the midst of the Civil War, or have a close encounter with the sanctuary’s breathtaking wildlife. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind wreck dive, you can’t miss Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.
  • Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
    You might be lucky enough to have an encounter with some of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary’s most charismatic residents - sea lions! It’s important to give wildlife their space, but these curious creatures will often swim right up to divers....

  • Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary’s incredible wildlife and unique habitats make it a popular choice among expert divers. In general, ocean conditions and isolation require advanced skills and exposed, open-water experience. If you can't make it to the sanctuary, you can still explore it from the comfort of your home with a virtual dive.
  • Hawaiian Islands National Marine Sanctuary
    Humpback whales travel to Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary each winter to mate and give birth - the only place in the United States where they do so. This is one dive location that wildlife lovers just can’t miss!...

  • Divers travel from across the globe for the chance to get a glimpse of Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s most famous residents. The sanctuary is one of the best spots in the world to spot humpback whales, but it also offers divers the opportunity to explore World War II-era wrecks and pristine coral reefs. Even if you can't make it to the sanctuary, you can still dive into a virtual Hawaiian adventure from the comfort of your own home!
  • Hawaiian Islands National Marine Sanctuary
    Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is not just known for its wildlife - it’s also rich in World War II history. Here, a diver investigates the wreck of a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver in sanctuary waters....

  • Divers travel from across the globe for the chance to get a glimpse of Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s most famous residents. The sanctuary is one of the best spots in the world to spot humpback whales, but it also offers divers the opportunity to explore World War II-era wrecks and pristine coral reefs. Even if you can't make it to the sanctuary, you can still dive into a virtual Hawaiian adventure from the comfort of your own home!

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