National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

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

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What is Team Ocean

National Marine Sanctuaries Team Ocean unites programs across all sanctuaries that support three pillars of activism within our ocean parks: Science, Education and Conservation. We provide programs that bring the public into research, monitoring, education and stewardship initiatives and make science accessible to a broader audience. The ability to frame and deliver environmental solutions fosters a sense of community within our staff and volunteer network while capturing consumer attention. We are in the business of creating wise environmental stewards and educated consumers. Volunteers and visitors to national marine sanctuaries are empowered to take action, be engaged and be purposeful.

How to Engage

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