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

A multi-institution consortium has been tagging humpback and right whales to better understand their feeding behaviors in the sanctuary and nearby waters. Follow progress on this exciting whale research.

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Cod fish with Acoustics

Acoustic tags indicate that some cod show high site fidelity. Learn about how scientists are using this data to understand fish ecology.

The sanctuary has supplemented the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority water monitoring program with additional stations. Click here for access to the monthly and annual reports.

Historic documents are now being analyzed to provide information on ecosystem status in centuries past. Data about resources in what is now the sanctuary are being found in the most amazing places.

historic map of Stellwagen

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