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



The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary offers 842 square miles of boating opportunity. Whether your final destination is the sanctuary or you are transiting the sanctuary to reach another destination, boaters should remain vigilant to avoid striking fishing gear, other boaters, and marine animals such as whales, sea turtles, and basking sharks. In particular, boaters should familiarize themselves with the whale watching guidelines to avoid harmful encounters with marine mammals. The sanctuary recommends that boaters limit their vessel's speed to 20 knots to allow for sufficient time to avoid a marine animal that suddenly appears.



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