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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.

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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.

48th Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary's 48th Advisory Council will meet at the Plymouth Yacht Club, Plymouth MA on Wednesday October 5th, 9:30 am-3:00 pm. The public is invited to attend. Click here for the agenda.

2016 Student Marine Art Now Posted
Click here to view amazing art from K-12 students in the the 2016 Massachusetts Marine Educators annual marine art contest. The theme was "Marine Biodiversity of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary." Winning art from past years is also available.

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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This issue includes:
I See, You See Station Installed
Get Into Your Sanctuary Review
Whale Tagging Update
Student Art from the 2016 MME Contest
Boater Education Missions
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