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

Whale Breech

Whale Watching

Over a dozen companies regularly visit the sanctuary during May through October. Find out more about companies providing local whale watching excursions, whalewatching guidelines, commonly seen species, and tips for a enjoying your trip.


Recreational and commercial fishing occur in the sanctuary. NOAA Fisheries establishes the rules and regulations concerning fishing in this region. Click here to find out more about fishing in the sanctuary.

Diver Taking Notes


Divers are welcome to explore the sanctuary but are reminded that maritime heritage resources must not be moved, damaged or removed. Click here to find out more about diving in the sanctuary.




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