Stellwagen Bank
National Marine Sanctuary

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is recruiting for 6 General and 1 Youth vacancies on its Advisory Council. Deadline for applications is Wednesday, May 15th, 2024. More information can be found on our SAC recruitment page.

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a wild ocean place near an urban world, sits east of Boston, Massachusetts between Cape Ann and Cape Cod. Historically important as a fishing ground, New England's only national marine sanctuary now reigns as a premier whale watching destination and continues to support commercial and recreational fishing. Its shipwrecks serve as time capsules of our nation's maritime history.

Salt Visits Bridgewater State University

Salt the life-sized inflatable Humpback whale. Anne Smrcina/NOAA
Salt the life-sized inflatable Humpback whale. Anne Smrcina/NOAA

On Sunday, April 28th, Salt the life-sized inflatable Humpback whale will be visiting Bridgewater State University! Sanctuary staff and volunteers will lead tours of Salt and share information about Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, followed by a concert featuring the Gates MIddle School Band from Scituate, MA. The band, led by director Greg Lessard, will perform two movements from a piece written about the sanctuary. The piece was written by composer, Jacquelyn Hazle, and follows the migration journey of Salt and her calf. Salt tours begin at 2 pm, Concert begins at 3 pm. This event is open to the public.

Location: University Park at Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA
*In the case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Scituate High School, Scituate, MA

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71st Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary's 71st Advisory Council will meet on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at GAR Hall, 353 Country Way, in Scituate MA. The public is invited to attend.

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A Whale of a Time

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A humpback whale breaches in SBNMS. Photo: SBNMS/Ari Friedlaender, NOAA Research Permit #14245

Thinking of going on a whale watch? Visit our whale watching pages to prepare for your trip. Check WHALESENSE to find environmentally responsible companies. Learn about local whale research.


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A wolffish peers out of its den. Photo: SBNMS/Matthew Lawrence

The sanctuary supports sustainable recreational fishing. Check regulations before heading out. Learn about local species, and find out about funding opportunities for education, outreach, and research projects that promote sustainable, ethical recreational fishing.


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National Marine Sanctuary System

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The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 620,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters from Washington state to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The network includes a system of 15 national marine sanctuaries and Papahānaumokuākea and Rose Atoll marine national monuments.