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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.

Funding for Rec Fishing Projects Available

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and the sanctuary invite Individuals and organizations to submit proposals for education, outreach and conservation projects that involve recreational fishing. Total available funding is $10,000. Deadline is May 8, 2019. Click here for rules and a proposal template. If problems arise accessing the document, contact

56th Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting

The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary's 56th Advisory Council will meet on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the Hilton Doubletree in Rockland MA. The public is invited to attend. The Agenda will be published in early May.

2019 Marine Art Contest Underway

The 2019 Marine Art Contest sponsored by Massachusetts Marine Educators and the sanctuary is now open. Click here for a copy of the rules and entry form. Deadline is April 26, 2019 and the theme is "Revealing the Biodiversity of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary."

Calendar of Events

Click here to view a listing of upcoming sanctuary programs and events.

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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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

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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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Shearwater Tagging Update
New England Boat Show
In Memoriam: Dick Wheeler
Audubon Honors Wiley
Sea to Shining Sea Award

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