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

Protecting Whales from Tuna Gear

The sanctuary, NOAA Fisheries and NOAA Office of Law Enforcement are working together to alert tuna fishermen that hooking and/or harassing whales are violations of federal law that can incur penalties. Click here to see a copy of an advertisement that appeared in "On the Water" magazine. Look below to see images of recent incidents where tuna gear has hooked whales or tuna fishing practices may have harassed animals.


gear on whale






Letter to Tackle Shops

Poster   letter

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Click here for Tackleshop Letter


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