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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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  Sanctuary Advisory Council
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is recruiting for the following seats on its Advisory Council: At-Large (primary member); Business Industry (primary member); Diving (primary member); Diving (alternate); Education (2 primary members); Fixed Gear Commercial Fishing (primary member); Fixed Gear Commercial Fishing (alternate); Mobile Gear Commercial Fishing (alternate); Recreational Fishing (alternate); Research (2 alternates).Whale Watch (primary member); and Youth (alternate non-voting). Click here for an application.

  Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary's 45th Advisory Council will meet at the Plymouth Yacht Club on Wednesday October 7th, 9:30am-3:00pm. The public is invited to attend. Click here for the agenda.

  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

  Download New 2015 Marine Art Calendar;
  2015 Marine Art Contest Underway Announced
A 2015 Marine Art Calendar featuring winning art from the 2014 Massachusetts Marine Educators annual marine art contest is now available for downloading. Click here for the 15.8MB version; click here for the 4.1MB version. The 2015 art contest for students in grades K-12 is now underway with a deadline of May 1, 2015. The Theme is "Amazing Ocean Creatures of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary." Click here for a brochure with rules and entry information. Deadline is May 1, 2015.
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.
Check today's weather and sea conditions in and near the sanctuary. External Website
Visit one of the sanctuary's exhibits or take a virtual tour. External Website

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.

Oceans Frontier

Save Whales at Stellwagen BankExternal Website



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August 2015 Issue
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This issue includes:
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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