National Marine Sanctuaries

America’s ocean treasures are right off our coasts! National marine sanctuaries are special ocean places that have a unique ability to┬átouch people. Thirteen national marine sanctuaries and one marine┬ánational monument make up the National Marine Sanctuary System. Four are in California: Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones, Monterey Bay and Channel Islands national marine sanctuaries. Dan Basta, Director of the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, talks about how “America’s ocean treasures” help people change how they think about our ocean and create a “community of the committed.”

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