NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on


R/V Auk


The R/V Auk is the sanctuary's 50ft aluminum hydrofoil-assisted research catamaran. The R/V Auk is a multi-purpose research vessel designed primarily to support the sanctuary's science and education missions.

How to partner with the sanctuary
Please Contact the Sanctuary's Vessel Operations Coordinator, Dave Slocum ( to inquire about partnering with the sanctuary for vessel use.

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