Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary protects one of our nation's most treasured marine environments for the enjoyment of current and future generations of users. The sanctuary works with partners and the Sanctuary Advisory Council to promote long-term conservation of sanctuary waters, wildlife, habitats, ecosystems, and maritime heritage resources, while allowing compatible human uses.
The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary management plan is now undergoing revision. The process involves significant public input to select priority issues and help guide the development of future action plans.
Condition reports rate the status of sanctuary resources and describe trends in their well-being. The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has released Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary condition reports for 2007 and 2020.
Federal regulations established by NOAA under the authority of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act help protect sanctuary resources, as do additional regulations issued by other government agencies. Guidelines aid in resource protection.
Certain research and education activities in the sanctuary may require a sanctuary permit. Timely submission of permit requests helps assure that projects proceed smoothly and conflicts avoided.