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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 # 1 - Best Place to See Aquatic Life

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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.
In a separate poll, the sanctuary was chosen as one of the top attractions in Massachusetts.

Sanctuary Advisory Council Recruitment

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is recruiting for the following seats on its Advisory Council: At-Large (Alternate member); Conservation (Alternate member); Maritime Heritage (Primary member); Maritime Heritage (Alternate member); and Research (Primary member).

Deadline to apply is February 28, 2018.

Click here for more information and to download the application.

52nd Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting

The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary's 52nd Advisory Council will meet at the Double Tree Hilton, Rockland MA, on Thursday March 1st, 9:30 am-3:00 pm. The public is invited to attend. Please click here for the Agenda.

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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Report Card for Ships
Volunteer of the Year
Whale Tagging Update
Winning Student Art
Latino Conservation Week

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