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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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  Research Coordinator Discusses Whales and Sand Lance
Sanctuary Research Coordinator, Dr. David Wiley discusses whales and sand lance in the Sanctuary with CBS. Click here to watch the segment.External Website

  Marine Art Contest Announced, Art Exhibit Starts Tour, Calendar Available
The 2016 Marine Art Contest for students in grades K-12 is now underway. Click here to get a brochure about the contest. Theme is Exploring the Diversity of Life in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Winning art from the 2015 Marine Art Contest is on display in the lobby of the J.F.K. Federal Building in Boston's Government Center. Admission is free. In January, the exhibit moves to the Rhode Island Audubon Education Center.

A 2016 calendar featuring winning art from the Marine Art Contest is now available. Click here to download a high resolution version of the calendar; click here for a low resolution version.

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

Whale watching

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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Double Trouble for Humpback Whale
Hexacopter Takes Flight for Research
Diving With A Purpose
Sanctuary Shipwreck Book Published
Remembering Tom Freeman

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