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Our mission is to conserve, protect and enhance the biological diversity, ecological integrity and cultural legacy of the sanctuary while facilitating compatible use.

Photo: A cunner hides among the marine invertebrates covering the remains of a shipwreck in the sanctuary.

Cunner Underwater-NOAA/Tane Casserley
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See “Salt,” our inflatable, life-sized humpback whale on The Greenway in Boston on June 25 from 10am-4pm at the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park visitor center.  Touch tanks from the NE Aquarium on June 26.

The Get Into Your Sanctuary Celebration encourages exploration of our national marine sanctuaries.  Go on a whale watch, join a fishing trip, learn about the sanctuary without getting wet at one of the exhibits in the region: New England Aquarium (Boston); Maritime Gloucester; SEA Space Marine Discovery Center (Provincetown); Woods Hole Science Aquarium; Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster); Scituate Maritime Museum; Seacoast Science Center (Rye, NH); The Maritime Aquarium (Norwalk, CT).

Submit your sanctuary photos to the national photo contest:

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We're jumping for joy! Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary was voted Best Place to See Aquatic Life in USA Today's latest 10-Best Reader's Choice travel awards contest. The sanctuary's popularity as a world-renowned whale watching site generated support from a wide ranging voting public. The consistent sightings and active behaviors of some of the largest animals on the planet make an ocean safari to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary a trip to remember. Click here to read the story.
Sister Sanctuary Program    
For the first time, international marine sanctuaries are joining together to protect a migratory marine mammal species – the humpback whale – on both ends of its range.
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Hear sounds made by humans and whales in the marine environment.

Whale Alert App

Whale Alert app to aid mariners and protect right whales

Whale Sense

WHALE SENSE is a program for responsible whale-watching from Maine to Virginia. External Website

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Stellwagen Bank was named one of the world’s Top 10 Whale Watching Sites according to USA Today.

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Save Whales at Stellwagen BankExternal Website




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Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest
Top Place to See Aquatic Life
Draft Ocean Plan Released
Summer Film Fest in Annex
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