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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.

Marine Art Contest Now Underway

The annual marine art contest sponsored by the Massachusetts Marine Educators and the sanctuary is now underway. Entries must be submitted by April 27; the theme is “Exploring the Marine Biodiversity of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Art is judged in five categories: High School, Middle School, Elementary School, Scientific Illustration and Computer Graphics. For more information and an entry form, click here.

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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).

53rd Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting

The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary's 53rd Advisory Council will meet at the NOAA Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office in Gloucester MA, on Tuesday, May 22nd, 9:30 am-3:30 pm. The public is invited to attend. The agenda will be published in early May.

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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July-August 2017 Issue

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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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