National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are closed to the public while the waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on




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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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Management Plan Revision Underway

The process to update the sanctuary’s management plan is underway. The multi-stage effort began with the release of the 2020 Condition Report: Findings of Status and Trends for 2007-2018; continued with a scoping period from Feb. 7-April 10 to solicit public comments, and now involves input from the Sanctuary Advisory Council followed by drafting of the revised plan.

View the Management Plan Review presentation (PDF, 3.9MB) from the March 31 virtual scoping public meeting.

View a video of the virtual public meeting webinar (MP4, 576MB).

Learn more about the sanctuary management and the management plan revision.

Economic Contributions of Fishing Report Released

Estimates of Economic Contributions and Fishing Effort for Commercial and For-Hire Recreational Fisheries Effort in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is now available. This report is referenced in the condition report and supports the management plan review.

NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary seeks advisory council applicants

Recruitment opens June 1st and closes June 30th. Please click here for more information.

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

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